What they learned at the Workshop for Adjuncts on Critical Thinking

Some 40 adjunct faculty from all six institutions explored critical thinking

Patti Clayton walked the room (in her stocking feet!) and challenged the participants to think hard about what we really mean by critical thinking. And then she got them to talk about it in small groups and then with the whole group. It took place on a Monday night at the main campus of Wake Technical Community College.

Group leader Patti Clayton led the workshop based on her expertise as a teacher and consultant to educators.

Here are some key observations about critical thinking:

—Its users raise vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely.
—They gather and assess relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively and create well-reasoned conclusions and solutions.

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