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K-State Today

November 16, 2016

Save the date: 2017 Spring Teaching Workshop

Submitted by Cathie Lavis

Patricia Ackerman, professor of language arts at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, is the 2016-2017 Coffman chair for university distinguished teaching scholars. During her tenure as Coffman chair, Ackerman will facilitate discussion about how Kansas State University defines, teaches and assesses the university critical thinking student learning outcome.

Ackerman has arranged to bring Gerald Nosich from the National Foundation for Critical Thinking to conduct a daylong workshop on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in the K-State Alumni Center. The daylong event will launch the "Year of Critical Thinking."

Gerald Nosich's workshop will address "Teaching Critical Thinking to College Students within the Logic of One's Discipline." Nosich has not only focused on teaching critical thinking skills in subject-specific areas, but also is adept at teaching critical thinking across the curriculum. Nosich is a witty presenter whose down-to-earth sense of humor adds spice to his practical insights, according to workshop organizers.

A noted authority on critical thinking, Nosich has given more than 250 workshops on all aspects of teaching critical thinking. Since the mid-1980s he has become committed to teaching critical thinking across the curriculum. He said he is convinced that the only way for students to learn a subject matter is to think their way through it. He is the author of "Reasons and Arguments,"  published by Wadsworth in 1982. His second book, "Learning to Think Things Through: A Guide to Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum," has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic.

Registration for the workshop is available at Teaching and Learning Center website.