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2008 International Conference on Critical Thinking

 
CONFERENCE MENU
The 28th Annual
International Conference on Critical Thinking


Conference Theme:
The Art of Teaching for Intellectual Engagement

The World's Oldest Annual Conference on Critical Thinking

July 21-24, 2008
Preconference:  July 19-20

at the DoubleTree Hotel and Executive
Meeting Center,  Berkeley Marina, California


The Center and Foundation for Critical Thinking have together hosted critical thinking academies and conferences for more than a quarter century. During that time, we have played a key role in defining, structuring, assessing, improving and advancing the principles and best practices of fair-minded critical thought in education and in society. We invite you to join us for the 28th International Conference on Critical Thinking. Our annual conference provides a unique opportunity for you to improve your understanding of critical thinking, as well as your ability to more substantively foster it in the classroom and in all aspects of your work and life.The Campanile at UC Berkeley

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Printable Schedules
2008 Preconference Schedule (MS Word doc)

2008 Preconference Schedule (Acrobat PDF)
2008 Conference Schedule (MS Word Doc)

2008 Conference Schedule (Acrobat PDF)

The 28th International Conference will emphasize the art of teaching for intellectual engagement. The intellectually engaged student:
  • takes ownership of content through actively thinking it through.
  • values questions more than answers
  • seeks understanding over rote memorization
  • assesses thinking for its clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logic, and significance
  • seeks to identify key structural components in thinking (purposes, question at issue, information and data, , inferences and interpretations, concepts and theories, assumptions and presuppositions, implications and consequences, points of view and frames of reference
  • reads, writes, listens, and speaks critically
  • questions the thinking of others and expects his or her thinking to be questioned by others
  • thinks for himself while respecting and empathically entering the point of view of others
  • locates ultimate intellectual authority in evidence and reasoning, rather than in authority figures or "authoritative" beliefs or texts Under (well-designed) instruction, students learn how to analyze thinking, assess thinking, and re-construct thinking (improving it thereby). The thinking focused upon is that which is embedded in the content of established academic disciplines. As a result, students so taught become actively engaged in thinking historically, anthropologically, sociologically, politically, chemically, biologically, mathematically, ...

As an integral part of these processes, students learn how to read, write, speak, and listen in a new way (critically). Most importantly, they learn how to learn, using disciplined reading, writing, speaking, and listening as modalities in learning. For a more in-depth look at the conference theme, visit the conference theme page.
Richard Linda and Gerald
Throughout our work we emphasize and argue for the importance of teaching for critical thinking in a strong, rather than a weak, sense. We are committed to a clear and "substantive" concept of critical thinking (rather than one that is ill-defined); a concept that interfaces well with the disciplines, that integrates critical with creative thinking, that applies directly to the needs of everyday and professional life, that emphasizes the affective as well as the cognitive dimension of critical thinking, that highlights intellectual standards and traits. We advocate a concept of critical thinking that organizes instruction in every subject area at every educational level, around it, on it, and through it.

The conference will consist in approximately 40 conference sessions offered over 4 days. Participants will choose in advance the sessions offered on days one and two, day three - afternoon, and day four - morning. At the conference, participants will choose from a number of concurrent sessions offered on the third morning of the conference. We invite both new and returning participants to join us for the preconference, to be held July 19 - 20, 2008.

All conference sessions will be designed to converge on basic critical thinking principles and to enrich a core concept of critical thinking with practical teaching and learning strategies. For fuller explanation of core critical thinking concepts review the Thinker's Guide Series or articles from our library.

Throughout our work we emphasize and argue for the importance of teaching for critical thinking in a strong, rather than a weak, sense. We are committed to a clear and "substantive" concept of critical thinking (rather than one that is ill-defined); a concept that interfaces well with the disciplines, that integrates critical with creative thinking, that applies directly to the needs of everyday and professional life, that emphasizes the affective as well as the cognitive dimension of critical thinking, that highlights intellectual standards and traits. We advocate a concept of critical thinking that organizes instruction in every subject area at every educational level, around it, on it, and through it.

Preconference Session Titles - July 19-20  2008

Conference Session Titles

Day One: July 21 2008

Participants will choose one from the following selections:

 
Day Two: July 22 2008
Day Two: Morning Choose one from the following sessions:
Day Two :  Afternoon Choose one from the following sessions:
Day Three: July 23 2008
Day Three: Morning (invited concurrent sessions) Participants will select from a variety of concurrent sessions at the conference. These sessions focus on contextualization and documentation of critical thinking foundations. All concurrent sessions are invited.
 
Day Three: Afternoon Choose one from the following sessions:

Day Four: July 24 2008

Day Four: Morning Choose one from the following sessions:
Day Four:  Afternoon All Participants are invited to attend the closing session, where we will tie all of the sessions together and consider possibilities for moving forward.
DOUBLETREE HOTEL & EXECUTIVE MEETING CENTER — BERKELEY MARINA 

Near the University of California at Berkeley:
30 minutes from San Francisco Airport.
15 minutes from Oakland Airport

 

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Pool at the Berkeley Marina