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Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is the ability to objectively analyze and evaluate an issue in order to form a judgement. It involves being aware of your own biases and assumptions when encountering information and applying consistent standards when evaluating sources.

 

Critical thinking skills help you to identify credible sources, evaluate and respond to arguments, assess alternative viewpoints, and test hypotheses against relevant criteria. It is important for making judgments about sources of information and forming your own arguments. Critical thinking is relevant to all disciplines and throughout all stages of the research process. It can help you to determine whether a source is free from research bias, provides evidence to support its research findings, and considers alternative viewpoints. Critical thinking can also help you to be aware of both your own and others’ biases and assumptions. It is useful in many areas of your life, such as your career, personal growth, and problem-solving.

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Facilitator Dr. Tracie Ferrell

Workshop Description

MCWE 2024 Critical Thinking Workshop is a training program that helps individuals develop and apply critical thinking skills in their workplace and everyday life. Critical thinking involves interpreting, evaluating, and analyzing facts and information to form a judgment or decide if something is right or wrong. It is a skill that can be exercised and built over time and can help propel your career to new heights.

 

The workshop begins with a general introduction to critical thinking and to its significance not only to the academic but also to the vocational and personal success of students. This first session closes with questions and answers. It is followed by hands-on sessions during which small group activities are used to illustrate the application of various dimensions of critical thinking strategies to instruction as well as to personal life.

 

Each session is designed to build on the previous sessions and cultivates increasing knowledge of and skill in critical teaching. Specific topics include: the intellectual standards essential to in-depth, higher-order learning; the basic vocabulary of critical thinking; the micro-skills and macro-abilities of critical thinking; the importance of precision in language usage; how to question students Socratically; how to design assignments, activities, and tests that require critical thinking; and how to assess critical thinking skills and abilities.

 

Format: In-Person & Virtual

90 Minutes

 

April 15, 2024

Free Workshop

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 Dr. Tracie Therence Ferrell

Dr. Tracie Therence Ferrell, Executive Director of Insight Network Incorporated (INI) considers being a social change agent her lifelong goal. As a result, she cofounded INI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Through INI, she aims to make a positive social change by providing financial funding and educational insight to others, especially those in disadvantaged communities seeking higher education and socio-economic statuses to enhance the nation in a positive way. Being a descendent of Whitney plantation workers and habitants who through higher learning were able to improve their social and economic status, motivated Dr. Ferrell to strive to afford others the opportunity to improve their socio-economic status through INI providing them financial assistance and educational insight. 

Another motivation for Dr. Ferrell has been, seeing the positive difference it has made in helping others, especially those less fortunate, through her service to mankind for over 20 years through her federal government service, including her U.S. Army service defending the underprivileged especially while deployed in the Iraq War (OIF), volunteering at various homeless shelters through  AKA and BIG chapters of which she is a member, and through her Ph.D. doctoral study efforts focusing on enhancing the lives of those in disadvantaged communities. 

In this regard, Dr. Ferrell is so excited to continue to keep her service to others going through yet another community service vessel, INI. 

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