The seminar is an introduction to the terminology and concepts involved in critical thinking and the benefits to the teacher or faculty member in using it and teaching it in the classroom. This preconference seminar is in preparation for a major conference on critical thinking scheduled at the university on April 4 and 5.
Presenters at the preconference seminar March 22 will be Dr. Thomas Pearson, assistant professor of philosophy, and Dr. Kenneth Buckman, associate professor of philosophy, both of UT Pan American.
"This preconference is a way to familiarize people with the concepts of critical thinking and acquaint faculty with the benefits of incorporating critical thinking in the classroom," Pearson said, adding that students need critical thinking skills to evaluate whether arguments are sound and to identify fallacious reasoning.
The featured speaker at the two-day conference in April will be Dr. Richard Paul, director of the Center for Critical Thinking and Moral Critique at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif.
"This (critical thinking) is something we think needs to be integrated into the classroom at every level," said Janice Courtney, assistant professor of communication and one of the planners of the event.
For more information on the preconference seminar or the two-day conference, call Dr. Michael Minor at UTPA at 956/381-3351 or contact him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org