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Dyersburg State Community College Regional Workshop

Teaching Critical Thinking


Workshop Description

This workshop provides participants with concrete tools for teaching critical thinking skills while covering required course content. By the end of the workshop, participants are able to create lesson plans that enhance critical thinking skills based on content from any discipline in the humanities or social sciences. Participants will also learn how these skills can be easily and accurately measured.

By the end of this workshop, participants know or are able to:

  • Understand fundamentals of the human brain regarding dispositions toward critical thought, bias, use of evidence, and heuristic thinking.
  • Understand what works and what doesn’t work regarding critical thinking instruction.
  • Learn and apply precise pedagogical methods that help students at any level improve their critical thinking skills.
  • Learn and apply precise pedagogical methods to improve writing skills based on critical thinking practices.
  • Create critical thinking rubrics.

Activities:

  • Participate in exercises proven to enhance critical thinking.
  • Create exercises and exams that enhance and measure critical thinking skills.
  • Use and create rubrics that provide viable measurements of critical thinking.

Participants can claim a digital badge and certificate upon completing the workshop and a post-workshop survey.

Preliminary Schedule

February 26, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Workshop
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch Provided by NISOD

Location

Dyersburg State Community College
Jimmy Naifeh Center - LRC/Student Center (Room C104)
3149 Hwy. 51 S.
Covington, TN 38019

Registration

Registration Type
Early Registration
on or before
January 29, 2021
Late Registration
after
January 29, 2021
Host College (Member) $139 $189
Member $169 $219
Non Member $219 $269

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing prior to February 12, 2021. A refund of the workshop fee, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by February 12, 2021. Refunds will not be given after February 12, 2021 or for no-shows. Registrants who have an outstanding balance and do not attend the workshop are responsible for the $25 administrative fee. Substitutions are accepted at any time prior to the workshop by submitting a written request to Kelley Berley. The individual requesting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the transfer.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, NISOD meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to the use and distribution of the registrant or attendees’ image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities by NISOD.

About the Facilitator

John Eigenauer is a professor of philosophy at Taft College. He holds a master’s degree in English, a master’s degree in humanities, and a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies from Syracuse University, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Syracuse University Fellowship. He has taught philosophy, English, mathematics, computer science, physics, and Spanish. He currently teaches philosophy and critical thinking. He has offered workshops nationally and internationally on the pedagogy of critical thinking and published articles on critical thinking and rationality. His most recent article, “The Problem with the Problem of Human Rationality,” published in the International Journal of Educational Reform, was highlighted in Psychology Today. Others publications of Dr. Eigenauer’s have appeared in The Harvard Theological ReviewHistory of Intellectual CultureInnovation Abstracts, and The NISOD Papers. Before joining Taft College, Dr. Eigenauer worked for Microsoft as a Senior Technology Specialist and at NASA Lewis Research Center as a Systems Analyst. He is a recipient of the NISOD Excellence Award and is a reader at The Huntington Library.

Hotel Information

Hampton Inn and Suites Millington
8838 US Highway 51 North
Millington, TN 38053
(901) 872-4435 

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Millington-Memphis Area
5090 Copper Creek Blvd
Millington, TN 38053
(901) 872-3640

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