Seven-Part TV Series on Teaching Critical Thinking

The Prince Georges Community College library has a very helpful seven-part videocassette series titled Teaching for Critical Thinking presented by faculty members of the Critical Literacy Project at Oakton Community College.

(1) Critical Thinking: Teaching and Learning. Explores answers to many of the questions educators are asking about teaching critical thinking; provides important background information, introduces the critical literacy classroom, offers model assignments, and begins to explore strategies for teaching critical thinking that are developed fully in later programs.

(2) Promoting Critical Thinking Through Classroom Discussion. Describes different kinds of "classroom conversations" that may be a part of a class discussion and a number of specific strategies for leading successful discussions.

(3) Renovating the Course Training Wheels. A relaxed, witty, practical look at how to design courses that will help foster critical thinking. Offers strategies for anticipating and diagnosing problems in course design and in individual assignments across the disciplines.

(4) Sequencing Assignments to Promote Critical Thinking. "Sequenced assignments are deeply interwoven and emphasize the importance of the recursive nature of knowledge. Demonstrates several models for sequencing assignments. Looks at a variety of strategies including incorporating active learning, sequences for heavy content courses and ways to help students in survey courses reach higher critical thinking levels.

(5) Natural Allies: Teaching, Writing, and Critical Thinking. Designed for faculty in all disciplines, this program explores the natural alliance between writing, teaching, and learning and introduces practical ways teachers can use writing assignments to teach course content as well as critical thinking.

(6) Critical Reading for Critical Literacy. Examines the current state of reading indifference and discusses strategies to promote an academic climate which will not only encourage students to read textbooks, but will help them prepare to read critically.

(7) Collaborative Learning in the Critical Literacy Classroom. Collaborative learning has been called the "pedagogy of critical thinking." Describes the various elements to consider when constructing an effective collaborative learning activity. Practical advice on how to handle the thorny issues of group formation and cohesiveness, the roles for both instructor and student, and the evaluation of collaborative activities.

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