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Faculty Forum: Don Stearns

February 12, 2014 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

On Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 4:30 p.m. in the Knubel Chapel, Kairos House, please join us for a Faculty Forum presentation by biology professor Don Stearns, “Teaching Critical Thinking and Civic Thinking in a College Freshman Course.” As part of his ongoing research into critical thinking, Stearns will discuss the results of a 4-year research project he conducted with Adam Houlihan (Randolph University) and Christopher Corbo (Wagner College) to investigate pedagogical approaches toward teaching critical thinking and civic thinking in the Reflective Tutorial portion of a freshman learning community. Assessment involved the use of critical-thinking-for-civic-thinking or (CT)2 exercises where, instead of an argument stating a particular position, exercises were open-ended and framed within a civic context, ending with a critical thinking question and a civic thinking question. The most effective pedagogical approach involved in-class argument dissections along with (CT)2 exercises, with individualized written feedback provided by the instructors instead of general feedback.


February 12, 2014
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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