TQI: Teaching critical thinking in a classroom - applying the Socratic Method
This course is a Professional Learning Program for teachers. It is approved ACT training by the Teacher Quality Institute (TQI). This program is TQI accredited, 5 hours.
You will learn how to effectively teach critical thinking and the process of reasoning; how the Socratic Method works; the history and discovery of the faculty of reason; the latest research into epistemological knowledge; and how to create an exciting approach to teaching knowledge.
The goal of this course is to provide teachers with the latest research on critical thinking and to provide a pathway to effectively teach it in their classrooms. The rational for this course is based on two main principles.
First and without any doubt, critical thinking is the most important skill that the education system can provide their students. A person that uses critical thinking will be able to deduce consequences by using a process of rationalisation and reasoning, and be able to correctly form decisions by making the best use of information. A person with critical thinking skills is able to sift through information to determine accuracy and relevancy in order to solve problems and to make decisions that are ethical. A person who is able to use critical thinking is a good citizen in a society.The second principle for the rational of this course is that learning critical thinking is hard but teaching it is harder. Critical thinking is not about the accumulation of information but about the process of reasoning, which is different from the process of rationalising. Critical thinking is not about being argumentative or simply questioning purposelessly, it is about understanding the difference between reasoning and rationalising and being able to use the correct process to analyse information. It is about actively and skilfully analysing, synthesising and evaluating information and knowing how to put it together to derive at a conclusion that is the best and most ethical taken the circumstances into consideration.
Who should enrol
This coures is open to all teachers.
Dr Sven Erlic research interests are classical history and philosophy, with a focus on critical thinking. He has delivered a number of papers at academic conferences at universities around Australia, New Zealand and Canada. He has done empirical research in ethics and critical thinking and has been interviewed on the radio. He has a Master’s Degree in History from Macquarie University, a Graduate Diploma of Adult and Vocational Education from Sturt University and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Newcastle University.