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ERIC Number: ED372046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 44
Abstractor: N/A
A Workshop and Resource Program for Training and Motivating College English Professors To Teach Critical Thinking Skills.
Adkins, Kathleen
A survey, completed by 15 professors of English, indicated a fundamental lack of student critical thinking skills within their department, and a 90 percent discrepancy in teacher training with only 10 percent of teachers having received formal training. This paper describes a workshop designed to educate and motivate the English professors in a small community college to teach critical thinking and problem solving skills. Program strategies included motivating faculty involvement through collaborative empowerment, positive reinforcement, personal communication, and voluntary participation. The workshop included instruction on practice in proven critical thinking teaching methods, a handbook of teaching strategies, research articles and resources, and post-workshop discussion meetings. Subsequent to workshop implementation, a second survey showed that participating instructors observed improvement in student critical thinking skills, and 100 percent reported increases in their own knowledge, awareness, motivation, and use of critical thinking teaching methods. The project also served as the start of an "across-the-curriculum" drive to infuse critical thinking into all courses at the college. Appendixes provide pre- and post-workshop surveys, survey results, post-workshop faculty feedback, workshop agenda, and the handbook's table of contents. (Contains 23 references.) (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum Report, Nova University.