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|Dr Linda Elder|
Dr. Linda Elder, Executive Director of the Center for Critical Thinking, President of the Foundation for Critical Thinking: As an educational psychologist, Dr. Elder has extensive experience in leading seminars for educators in such topics as infusing critical thinking into instruction, the affective dimension of thinking, and Socratic questioning. She currently co-authors a quarterly column on critical thinking in the Journal of Developmental Education. She has also co-authored four books, along with Richard Paul, including 'Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Learning and Your Life' and 'Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life' as well as eighteen 'Thinker’s Guides' on critical thinking. Dr. Elder developed an original stage theory of critical thinking development. Her experience in both administration and in the classroom enables her to understand firsthand the problems facing educators. She is a dynamic presenter who reaches her audience on a person-to person level, and her workshops are highly rated.
|Dr Richard Paul|
Dr. Richard Paul,
As Director of Research and Professional Development at the Center for Critical Thinking and Chair of the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking, Dr. Paul is an internationally recognized authority on critical thinking, with eight books and over 200 articles on the subject.
He has written books for every grade level and has done extensive experimentation with teaching tactics and strategies, devising, among other things, novel ways to engage students in rigorous self-assessment.
Dr. Paul has received four degrees, numerous honors, and has given lectures on critical thinking at many universities in both the United States and abroad, including Harvard, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, and the universities of Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, British Columbia, Toronto, and Amsterdam. He has taught beginning and advanced courses in critical thinking at the university level for over 20 years.
His views on critical thinking have been canvassed in the New York Times, Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, American Teacher, Reader’s Digest, Educational Leadership, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report. Dr. Paul’s wide-ranging knowledge, practical strategies, and enthusiasm make him highly sought-after as a keynoter and workshop presenter.
|Dr Gerald Nosich|
Dr. Gerald Nosich is a noted authority on critical thinking. He has given more than 150 national and international workshops and lectures on all aspects of teaching for critical thinking. He has also worked with the U.S. Department of Education on a project for the National Assessment of Higher Order Thinking Skills, served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Critical Thinking, and was featured as a Noted Scholar at the University of British Columbia. He is a Professor of Philosophy at Buffalo State College in New York. His second book, “Learning to Think Things Through: A Guide to Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum,” has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic. He is currently working on a guide to Assessing Critical Thinking in a Field or Discipline. Dr. Nosich is a witty presenter whose down-to-earth sense of humor adds spice to his practical insights.
|Dr Rob Niewoehner|
Dr. Rob Niewoehner, Director of Aeronautics at the U. S. Naval Academy: He served as a senior experimental test pilot with government/industry teams prior to joining academia. He received his B.S. in 1981 from the U.S. Naval Academy, his M.S.E.E. in 1981 from The Johns Hopkins University, and his Ph.D. in 1994 from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is among the early contributors to the international CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate) consortium, tackling the reform of engineering education and emphasizing the engineer as learner and practitioner. He has worked diligently during the past several years to bring critical thinking into his classes at all levels and into engineering and leadership instruction from both program and institutional perspectives. And, he is a dynamic presenter.
|Sr Rush Cosgrove|
Sr Rush Cosgrove has been awarded a Research Fellowship at the Foundation and Center for Critical Thinking. Mr. Cosgrove has a unique background. He is one of very few students who have been systematically taught critical thinking from the age of 10. It was at this age that he was taken from the main stream of instruction and put into an independent study program designed and supervised by Drs. Paul and Elder. Approximately half of his classes were taken under this model. The remainder of his high school credits came from enrolling in college classes. Mr. Cosgrove is highly effective in conducting workshops in critical thinking for both faculty and students. He has taught numerous workshops on critical thinking in Spanish for both students and faculty at Mexican schools, colleges, and universities, including the Universidad de Las Americas, Puebla, Instituto Technologico Agropecuario, Torreon, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Ensenada. He serves as a major presenter at the International Conference on Critical Thinking each year, and is an articulate spokesperson for critical thinking both in teaching and learning.