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2006 Annual International Conference (archived)


The 26th
International Conference
on Critical Thinking


Join us for the World's Oldest Annual Conference on Critical Thinking
at the DoubleTree Hotel and Executive Meeting Center
Berkeley Marina

Conference July 25-28, 2006
Preconference July 23-24

The Art of Designing for Deep Learning
In the Long Run:


More than a quarter century since its founding, The Center and Foundation for Critical Thinking have played a major role in defining, structuring, assessing, improving and advancing the principles and best practices of critical thought in education today. Our annual International Conference on Critical Thinking provides an opportunity for improving one's understanding of critical thinking, and deepening one's ability to foster it in the classroom and apply it in one’s life.

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, and on it, and through it.

The sessions of the 26th International Conference on Critical Thinking will focus on long-term planning for critical thinking, whether by individual instructors focused on personal development and course redesign, or by a department, division, school, college, university, or other academic or social institution, or governmental agency for which critical thinking needs to be a crucial component. For more on the conference theme, click here.

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 23-24, 2006. Click here for descriptions of the Preconference sessions

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 the articles from our library.


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


See information on our 2007 Conference


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