Reflectively in the Humanities: A Cross-Cultural Study
Marva A. Barnett, Director and Professor, Teaching
Resource Center, University of Virginia
Faculty, Department of French
do we mean by effective thinking?
How are our understandings colored by our own education and culture?
questions underlie this ongoing study of what Americans, French,
and English value as effective thinking. Answers have prompted a
view of reflective thinking in the humanities that combines
elements of both critical and creative thinking.
will happen this workshop?
We will consider these aspects of reflective thinking:
between critical and creative thinking
relative importance of structure versus spontaneity
will learn some similarities and differences between what America,
French, and English academics tend to value as effective thinking.
Using this information, you can reconsider your perspectives about
effective thinking and role of reflective thinking in your discipline
and in your teaching.
will you gain from this workshop?
clearer idea about what you value as effective thinking
awareness of diverse ways in which thinking is valued
more conscious appreciation of effective ways to teach thinking
with techniques for teaching reflective thinking skills, focusing
on writing as a means of clarifying thinking