Guiding Learner Inquiry to Develop Critical Thinking and Self Reflection in Learners
Tuesday, March 8 3:25-3:45 PM Location: Tulip Grove E
Abstract: A critically thinking and reflective mind seeks understanding, coherence and meaning in what it knows and seeks to systematically apply specific standards of thought to any problem or situation. A mind that is both reflective and critically thinking must be developed and continually exercised, yet most current learning designs fail to require sufficient structured thinking or reflection of how knowledge and values have changed as a result of learning events over time. This presentation will outline key aspects of critical thinking and self reflection, provide examples of how critical thinking is applied in various fields, and provide examples of teaching strategies that can challenge learners to think systematically, reflectively and critically. Teaching strategies that guide learner inquiry to help form habits of systematic thinking will be discussed, as will strategies for encouraging meaningful self reflection in learners.