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What is Critical Thinking Anyway?

Please join us at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 3, 2013, in the Crimson Event Center, where Danhua Wang, Developmental Studies, will share her research on critical thinking and facilitate a discussion on how we can encourage and enhance our students' critical thinking skills.

Nowadays, critical thinking has become a buzzword phrase. Indeed, it is considered to be an important intellectual quality, due in part to the explosion of information at our easy access.  

But, if you ask people to define critical thinking, you really need some critical thinking knowledge and skills to decipher their responses, because it is likely you may not get some cut and dried answers to the question. 

So what is critical thinking? How can we see it at work? How can we get better at it? Where are some of our freshmen in this regard? How does their status shed some light onto their learning? Why do we have far fewer students who would choose to major in the so-called STEM? We hope that this workshop may be able to answer these questions, to a certain extent, or at least generate some great discussions surrounding these issues! 

Please bring and share any critical thinking assignments that you have used that work well.

No RSVP is needed.

Refreshments will be provided.

This meeting is for faculty and teaching assistants only.

Center for Teaching Excellence

  • Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Dr. Stephanie Taylor-Davis, Director
    103 Stabley Library
    429 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-7800
  • Fax: 724-357-2281