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EducationUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsTeaching Critical Thinking

Teaching Critical Thinking

Why is it so hard to learn?
Dates & location 24 - 28 June 2019, Groningen, the Netherlands
Level BA/MA/PhD/Postdocs/Researchers
Fee € 305
Academic coordinator Dr. L.J.F. Guérin, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

Critical thinking is gaining more and more interest as an educational goal. It is seen by policy makers and educationalists as a crucial condition of learning (part of meta-cognition) and lifelong learning, which is an important competence of democratic and responsible citizens. According to mainstream policies in Europe, the USA and elsewhere, critical thinking is a core objective of (citizenship) education on all levels of education: primary, secondary, vocational, and higher education.

In this summer school we explore:

  • the empirical research on teaching critical thinking (educational psychology, learning psychology, cognitive psychology);
  • theories and (educational) philosophies about teaching critical thinking; Policies concerning teaching critical thinking (incl. the history of these policies);  
  • the relationship between critical thinking and citizenship education;
  • several experiments and good practices.

We will also discuss the relationship between the research, the theories, the policies and the practices: how the distinct dimensions influence each other.

Part of the programme will be practice-directed. You will learn:

  • how to design learning activities;
  • how to teach critical thinking (didactics);
  • how to investigate teaching;
  • critical thinking (research methods).

This summer school is connected to the international conference on “Reason to dissent” and will take place in Groningen, a vibrant student city in the North of the Netherlands. Chosen as one of the happiest cities in Europe, Groningen offers a great combination of historical architecture, bustling nightlife and interesting cultural events.

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