This session addresses the topic of building a strong team by using a critical thinking approach to work through questions and issues that arise in organizations, with particular focus on communication and collaboration. The results from the study describe how teacher candidates create a positive, energetic workplace that support inclusion efforts. Lessons learned will be shared and recommendations made. Nosich (2012) describes “critical thinking as a way of thinking through an issue reflectively and reasonably.” In other words, critical thinking involves thinking about real problems. It requires a set of standards Accuracy, relevance, and clarity are examples of criteria that are used to judge the elements of critical thinking. The result of using the standards guide the critical thinker to reason better. Elder and Paul (2012) further assert that much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, uninformed, or downright prejudiced. Therefore, when we analyze our thinking, we must learn to identify and question its elemental structures, such as various points of views, assumptions, and what are the fundamental inferences or conclusions. There has never been a time when the expectations has been greater that teacher candidates work together in meaningful ways to think through issues critically. Therefore, as a result of this session, participants will be able to: 1) clearly state the importance of inclusive education 2) identify the key elements of critical thinking 3) understand the complexities of critical thinking 4) recognize the importance of using critical thinking in establishing inclusive classrooms that are fair-minded.
- DAY 1. The Thursday Poster Presentation Session – Thursday, December 4, 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Grand Ballroom North B (Set Up will be 1:30 to 4:30 PM)
- DAY 2. The Small meeting sessions – Friday, December 5, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Mtg Planner Office A
- BEST Posters Awards – Friday, December 5 at 2:10 PM. Grand Ballroom North B