Our last Provisions session of the year included presentations from this year’s Provisions fellows on the topic of Teaching Critical Thinking. Our three fellows for the year were Stephanie Bennett, Associate Professor of Sociology, James Allen, Professor of Educational Psychology, and Amina Eladdadi, Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Dr. Bennett began her presentation with an overview of … Continue reading Provisions Fellows Present on Critical Thinking
By Dr. Amina Eladdadi, Mathematics Department “What was I thinking,” one of my Calculus students exclaimed when I pointed out the mistake he made while solving an applied math problem on free-fall motion that required both synthesis and analysis. “Well, I am glad you’re thinking at all, that’s a good place to start,” I replied with … Continue reading Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
By Dr. Stephanie Bennett, Department of Sociology and Provisions Critical Thinking Fellow Throughout the summer, last semester, and this semester, I have been delving into the academic world of critical thinking. I found that the process could get overwhelming very quickly. I started on a journey that took me into a variety of areas. I choose … Continue reading The Process of Learning about Critical Thinking
In my last blog posting I stated that from my perspective as an educational psychologist there are many educational and psychological factors that interact with one another and influence how I view critical thinking. These factors include: individual, group, and cultural differences among students; motivational levels and processes involved with learning; instructional practices and class … Continue reading Comments on Diane Halpern’s (2014) Thought and Knowledge: An Introduction to Critical Thinking.
By Dr. Amina Eladdadi, Department of Mathematics As a mathematician, I am trained to think critically since critical thinking is the “quintessence” for doing mathematics. As a Bio-mathematician, I am trained to be a multidisciplinary critical thinker with collaborative skills so that I can communicate - mathematically speaking - with my colleagues in the biological … Continue reading Critical Thinking in Mathematics & Sciences
By Dr. Stephanie Bennett, Department of Sociology and Provisions Critical Thinking Fellow When I first engaged in researching for the Provisions Critical Thinking Fellowship, I started like any other academic. I went into a variety of databases for academic articles in my field. In my discipline specific searching, I found a wealth of information on Sociologists … Continue reading My Introduction to Critical Thinking Research
As I begin this blog about “critical thinking” I thought that I would first provide my general orientation and perspective of the subject. By profession, I am an educational psychologist that was trained to think about educational topics such as “critical thinking” from a multi-psychological perspective that includes most fundamentally the developmental, learning, and assessment … Continue reading Critical Thinking and Development of Understanding of Knowledge