Teaching Assistants' Training Program

Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, 130 St. George Street, Robarts Library, 4th floor

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Skills Based Tutorials: Critical Thinking

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EST


Wednesday, January 20, 2016
11:30 am - 12:30 pm EST
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Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor

Kathleen Ogden, TATP Humanities Trainer
Alex Motut, TATP Social Sciences Trainer

In higher education, we expect students to think critically about course materials, but many students may not understand how to engage in critical thinking. Since critical thinking skills are essential to a meaningful learning process, it is important for TAs to clearly articulate what critical thinking is and then help students develop the skills that will enable them to apply a critical lens to course material. In this training session, we will define and discuss characteristics of critical thinking and will identify strategies for encouraging students to practice critical thinking.The workshop will focus on three areas: developing critical thinking skills, effective questioning, and critical reflection. By the end of the session, participants will have a list of ideas on how to incorporate these distinct components into their teaching and transfer them to specific disciplines or learning goals.


Kathleen Ogden
Alex Motut


Blackburn Room