Developing Minds: Critical Thinking in Curriculum Transfer
Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Critical Thinking
Chas Desjarlais and Amy Parent
Recent changes in the BC education curriculum introduced Philosophy 12 as a high school subject and established Critical Thinking as a core teaching approach throughout K-12 classrooms. Students benefit from a rich community of inquiry that promotes deeper understanding of curriculum content and equips them with valuable life skills. School systems already using this approach have documented success using a number of outcome metrics.
Critical thinking skills transfer readily from the classroom into post-secondary education, and beyond. Not only do they enhance learning outcomes but students also gain a competitive advantage in the job market by acquiring skills in critical, creative and collaborative thinking frequently sought by modern employers.
Developing Minds: Critical Thinking in Curriculum Transfer seeks to open up discussion among provincial education stakeholders keen to explore how teaching critical thinking in K-12 classrooms transfers into post-secondary education for student benefit.
Simon Fraser University presents a day of roundtable discussion and keynote presentations on teaching critical thinking within BC’s education system, with a focus on optimizing curriculum transfer between secondary and post-secondary institutions. Attendees will hear from keynote speakers with direct experience of introducing K-12 critical thinking programs, and then collaborate to build a provincial framework of reference.