You Can't Memorize How to Think
Encouraging Critical Thinking in the Classroom
Traditional education techniques often include only fact memorization and drills as methods of acquiring knowledge. Problems with this approach are several: 1) it can be boring for both students and teachers; 2) the knowledge that students gain from this approach is potentially limited in its applicability; and, most importantly, 3) the knowledge is often short-lived and shallow.
In this workshop, I will demonstrate a number of ways that one might incorporate a more active, critical approach to teaching and learning. Participants will then work together to generate other ways to encourage our students to think critically. We will discuss how class meetings, exams, and assignments can take a more critical slant. Such a shift in emphasis may help students not only to master material for the course, but also to understand it better, apply it to their lives, and be more active thinkers.
- Led by: Dr. Elliott Hammer, Psychology Dept.
- Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2004
- Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM
- Location: Library 501
- Sponsor: Center for the Advancement of Teaching
Note: This is an encore presentation of the workshop that Elliott first gave in January 2003.
Tags: pedagogy, critical thinking
Event ID: 00160
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