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Critical Thinking For The Rest Of Us

March 21st, 2011 jmathis No comments

“Critical thinking” is a buzz phrase in educational circles these days, and with good reason.

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Why are so many of us reluctant to take the time to evaluate evidence and come to thoughtful conclusions? Do they have too much to do that they have insufficient time to read and question? Are they getting most of their information from a biased news organization and accepting it without questioning?

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Would we be gullible if we realized the need to dig deeply for evidence?

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Let’s hear it for “techno-teaching”

March 18th, 2011 jmathis No comments

In their 2010 book Higher Education? How Colleges are Wasting our Money and Failing Our Kids – and What we can do about it - authors Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus write that “a gripping performance on a screen may be preferable to a live teacher of doubtful competence. asics tiger air jordan 2 Asics Gel Lyte 3 Donna Beige

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Academically Adrift

March 18th, 2011 jmathis No comments

My daughter has learned a whole lot during these past seven months as a college freshman.

SheÕs learned that itÕs all downhill after Welcome Week; that most kids think itÕs no big deal to be on facebook during lectures; that buying the required textbook is often a waste of money; and that she better get in the omlette line by 10 a.m. Penn State Nittany Lions Nike Air Max 1 Dames asics homme pas cher or sheÕll be stuck with cold scrambled eggs.

SheÕs learned which Nautilus equipment at the rec center is the fastest ticket to killer abs; that is not entirely accurate; and that she chose the wrong college if she wanted an active social life on the weekends.

What has she learned in her philosophy, biology, criminal justice and writing classes?

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But from what I can tell, sheÕs learned enough to pass the exams and get those credits.

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I have another daughter who is finishing her fourth year of nursing school SheÕs a serious student who understood from the start that getting a good education was her job those four years, and she might as well engage in at while she was there.

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An eye-opening book, ÒAcademically Adrift: Limited Learning on College CampusesÓ by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa (University of Chicago Press, 2011) is an indictment of higher education at the undergraduate level.

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Those numbers should frighten us all.

Students not only come to college unprepared for the demanding academic tasks ahead of them, but they often have attitudes and values at odds with academic commitment.

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TodayÕs college students dedicate a very small proportion of their time to academic pursuits, on average 15 hours per week attending classes and labs. bottes ugg pas cher Maglia Larry Bird Nike Air Max Très pas cher Twelve hours a week are spend studying, which means just 16 percent of their reported time each week are spent on academics.

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So what can be done?

The authors suggest that in order to transform higher education, the federal government should insist on institutional transparency and accountability, perhaps forming something similar to No Child Left Behind.

Students must come to college better prepared Ð which ups the burdens on elementary and secondary schools. nike dynamo nike air max pas cher asics france free run 5.0 nero uomo Students shouldnÕt passively absorb the information, but engage in the learning process by asking questions, making class presentations, working with classmates both in and outside of class; tutoring students; participating in community-based projects; and discussing ideas from class/readings.

Colleges need to develop a culture of leaning that requires strong leadership across the board.

Instructors need to communicate high expectations of their students, and make sure coursework is demanding and requires significant reading, writing and critical thinking.

The authors cite research by Harvard Project Zero that found student learning is facilitated by clearly stating course objectives; clearly presenting material; linking course content to course objectives; providing students with examples of what is expected; creating ample opportunities for students to apply what theyÕve learned and perform their knowledge publicly; and assessing learning frequently and adjusting teaching accordingly.

Our students should demand more of themselves.

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