Developing Minds 2022 

Developing Minds 2022: Critical Thinking and Lived Experience

Missed Developing Minds 2022?

Here is a recording of the Keynote Addresses by Endre Begby, FASS Philosophy on Trusting Others for Information and Kristiina Kumpulainun, Faculty of Education on Enhancing Critical Thinking through a Multiliteracies Pedagogy

In response to participant feedback, we have created a Toolkit of resources to help you tackle the topic of misinformation in your classroom. There are games, videos, classroom resources, books and articles. The resources are a compilation of ideas and resources presented in the different breakout rooms, plus other best practices gathered for you. 

Developing Minds 2022: Friday, February 25th, 2022

Developing Minds 2022 explored the theme Critical Thinking and Lived Experience: education in the information age. The latest theory and how it translates into teaching practice was shared from experts during keynote presentations, and developed with practical strategies with your peers during the interactive breakout sessions.   


  • Friday, February 25th, 2022 
  • From 8:30 am to 3:15 pm
  • Hybrid Event
  • Registration for in-person closes February 18th
  • Registration for virtual closes February 23rd


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Critical Thinking in Secondary and Post-Secondary Education

Recent changes in the BC education curriculum 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 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 humanities and the literary arts for Critical reading and Writing skills. Attendees will hear from keynote speakers with direct experience, and then collaborate to build a provincial framework of reference.