Critical Thinking: The Vital Connection among Developmental Courses

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Event Date/Time: Apr 23, 2009 End Date/Time: Apr 23, 2009
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Critical Thinking: The Vital Connection among Developmental Courses 23 April 2009 Online The goal of this Webinar is to sketch a proposal that seeks to improve the theory and practice of developmental education at all levels by highlighting the common ground of developmental courses: critical thinking. By explicating this vital connection among developmental courses, Dr. Talavera hopes to show that one can actively promote key aspects of critical thinking across the developmental curriculum so that understanding may rise to the top—empowering the learner and instructor alike to grasp, interpret, and extend the subject matter beyond the limits of everyday classroom experience. Learn the answers to these questions: 1. Why is critical thinking the vital connection among developmental courses? 2. What exactly is critical thinking? 3. What is an argument? 4. How do we identify arguments? 5. How do we identify deductive and inductive arguments? 6. Why is the translation of verbal statements to symbolic statements and symbolic statements back to verbal statements a key aspect of critical thinking in developmental mathematics, reading, and writing? 7. How do we analyze reasoning and evaluate that reasoning according to the intellectual standards of (i) validity and soundness for deductive arguments, and (ii) strength and cogency for inductive arguments. Speaker: Dr. Isidoro Talavera is presently the Lead Faculty at Franklin University in charge of introducing Critical Thinking throughout the entire curriculum and creating and managing all the courses of the new Philosophy, World History, and Political Science areas. Prior to coming to Franklin, Dr. Talavera taught for nearly 20 years a variety of courses at both the high school and college levels in Central and North America. In Guatemala, he taught English as a second language and Mathematics in a bilingual setting. At Francisco Marroquin University, he created the English courses for Distance Education and served as English Coordinator. His teaching experience includes serving as math coordinator at Colegio Metropolitano, math instructor at Del Valle University, Philosophy instructor at the University of Missouri, Business and Professional Ethics instructor at Lipscomb University, and General and Symbolic Logic instructor at Tennessee State and Vanderbilt Universities. This expertise earned Dr.Talavera the 1999-2000 Burke Award for Teaching Excellence at Vanderbilt University. At Nashville High-Tech Institute, Dr. Talavera taught Critical Thinking, Psychology, Sociology, Human Relations, and Business Math. He was an assistant professor in the AEAO Mathematics Department of Tennessee State University actively teaching Mathematics, Learning Strategies, and Critical Thinking. Dr.Talavera earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. His Vanderbilt University Doctoral thesis in the field of Philosophy is entitled Time and the Nature and Possibility of Knowledge. Enquiries: