Date: Monday March 19, 2001
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Ed Neal, Director of Faculty Development in the UNC Center for Teaching and Learning
Most college teachers believe in teaching students to think critically, but they face a number of barriers to achieving this goal. It is not easy to design exercises and assignments that challenge students to think critically, and grading these assignments can be difficult and time-consuming. Students are often resistant to critical thinking because it is simply “hard” and because many fail to understand its purpose or value. Moreover, if other members of the school or department don’t emphasize critical thinking in their courses, students may feel that the teacher who does so is being unreasonable. Workshop participants will generate solutions to these problems and share ideas and examples of techniques for teaching critical thinking drawn from their own experience. The workshop will address issues in planning critical thinking lessons and selecting appropriate methods and strategies to promote critical thinking.