Critical Thinking Workshop
January 18, 2007
Las Vegas, Nevada

Getting Critical Thinking Curricula Into The Classroom

with Ray Hall, Diane Swanson, and Bob Carroll

The critical thinking workshop will examine the challenges that face teachers and curriculum developers from the elementary school to the university level. We will suggest methods for meeting those challenges and offer practical exercises for teachers to take back with them to the classroom.

Diane Swanson’s science and nature books have been guiding teachers at the grade 4 through 8 level for many years. But high school and college instructors trying to bring critical thinking into their classrooms will find the exercises she recommends can be applied almost without modification to their classes.

Ray Hall brought a new course into the curriculum at California State University Fresno called Science and Nonsense. He’s developed several critical thinking exercises for the course, which he will share at the workshop. Ray is also currently chairing a committee that is examining all the critical thinking courses being taught at CSUF and will offer his insights on ideas such as a mandatory core curricula for critical thinking courses and ways of assessing outcomes of these courses.

Bob Carroll will describe his 30-year adventure of moving from teaching formal logic to practical logic to informal logic to critical thinking. He’ll discuss the critical thinking movement in California education, which has been formally active since 1980. He’ll also share his experiences in writing a critical thinking textbook and developing a college course that applies critical thinking skills to scientific studies on telepathy, psychokinesis, healing prayer, and spirits communicating with mediums.



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