Wednesday, January 9 • 11:20am - 12:20pm
Critical Thinking for Science Teachers (166)

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Critical Thinking underpins all aspects of a teacher's expertise. The session is aimed at improving teachers' capabilities, dealing with (in the context of science teaching): a) rationality, cognitive biases and emotions; b) disposition towards rationality; c) arguments in explanations and fallacies; d) arguments and social power, especially those in authority; e) causal arguments and slippery slopes; f) arguments from analogy. The material has been recently tested in an active teacher researcher Community of Practice. It aims to develop a teacher's resilience in the face of challenge. We will operate in interactive mode. In the light of the IPCC report published 8th October, many examples will be chosen from this to highlight the value of working from a contemporary document.

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John Oversby

Consultant, Science Education Futures
I am experienced researcher in chemistry and STEM education. I have been a secondary school teacher for 22+ years and a teacher educator for similar. My main areas of research are in STEM for Global Justice, The Role of Diagrams in Learning, and Radical STEM Education. I convene a... Read More →

Wednesday January 9, 2019 11:20am - 12:20pm
Arts 127 (Lecture Room 3)