Developing Minds 2018: Critical Thinking in Curriculum Transfer

Conference Proceedings Now Available

On Friday, February 9, 2018 Simon Fraser University presented a one-day workshop roundtable discussion on teaching critical thinking in BC secondary schools. Open to teachers and education professionals, delegates shared and explored key concepts in teaching critical thinking at the secondary and post-secondary levels. 

Conference proceedings, including recordings of presentations and special guest speaker: Peter Ellerton, Founding Director of the Critical Thinking Project, University of Queensland, are now available.

We want your thoughts

The Critical Thinking position paper is a starting place for a dialogue amongst all conference attendees and the public.

Faculty members from SFU's Faculty of Education have posted their responses.

If you would like to respond, you may:

Critical Thinking in Secondary and Post-Secondary Education

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.