Masterclass One 2020: Facilitating the Development of Students Who Think Critically and Creatively

Dr John Willison, Senior Lecturer, School of Education

FACILITATING THE DEVELOPMENT OF STUDENTS WHO THINK CRITICALLY AND CREATIVELY.
While Critical and Creative Thinking (CCT) may be classified as a ‘general capability’ this expansive and vital skill set is best developed subject by subject in content-specific contexts. The problem then commonly becomes how do students and teachers connect the quite divergent senses of CCT so that they may mutually reinforce?

This masterclass focuses on maintaining subject-specific nuances of CCT, but making the connections between them more obvious for students and teachers in interdisciplinary projects. A model for conceptualising CCT will be introduced that integrates the cognitive and affective elements of CCT. Then the audience will be invited to collaboratively adapt the model so that it speaks into a specific context.  Ways of using the emerging models with students will then be explored by the audience.
 

Dr JOHN WILLISON PhD, SENIOR LECTURER, SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Dr John Willison PhD is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Bachelor of Teaching (Middle). His own research as a high school science teacher and at university working across disciplines has focused on the theme of developing students’ sophisticated thinking skills. From this research he developed the Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (MELT). He has held federal grants and National Teaching Fellowships to explore university and high school use of the MELT in science, and interdisciplinary STEM and HASS. See www.melt.edu.au.

Further information about Dr Willison: https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/john.willison

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