Event Title

Developing Critical Thinking Through the Study of Law: An Approach for All Disciplines

Presenter Information

Taren Wellman
Kasey Hawkins

Presentation Type

Workshop

Start Date

10-1-2020 1:45 PM

End Date

10-1-2020 3:00 PM

Abstract

Develop critical thinking by breaking it down into your discipline's essential sub-skills and intentionally practicing those skills. Examples are provided froma foundational law course.

Description

Every discipline has essential skills. For example, in the study of law, the skills of advocacy and analogical reasoning are paramount. While criticalthinking is broad, it can and should be broken down into essential sub-skills most applicable to a discipline. Educators can select the set of skills mostrelevant to their field and clearly communicate those proficiencies to their students. Activities can then be developed and aligned with targeting thesesub-skills. Having the objective of practicing one or more of the sub-skills with each activity, and then providing meaningful subskill-focused feedback, willlead to cumulative overall growth in critical thinking in students. Presenters provide strategies and examples from a foundational law course at the AirForce Academy.

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Developing Critical Thinking Through the Study of Law: An Approach for All Disciplines

Develop critical thinking by breaking it down into your discipline's essential sub-skills and intentionally practicing those skills. Examples are provided froma foundational law course.