Steve Joordens, Psychology Department, Scarborough Campus, University of Toronto
Title: Creating Habits of Mind: Can Cognitive Skills like Critical Thought Be Effectively Taught in Any Classroom?
Ebbinghaus Empire Series 2014-2015
VIDEO RECORDING OF TALK
Abstract: Unlike episodic or semantic memories, procedural memories cannot be learned passively. That is, you can learn a lot ABOUT karate in an hour, but you cannot learn TO DO karate in an hour. The physical skills that depend on procedural memories can only be acquired through repeated effective practice. Is the same true of cognitive skills like critical thought, self-reflective thought, or both expressive and receptive communication? In my presentation I will describe peerScholar, one of the tools we use in my 1900 student Introduction to Psychology class in an attempt to do just that;
to give students repeated effective practice with these cognitive skills that are often associated with success in life. I will also present data suggesting that this tool does indeed do what we hope. That is, across two straightforward experiments I will provide evidence of enhancements in critical thought, and in self-reflective thought, directly linked to repeated experience with peerScholar. Implications for human cognition, and especially for educational practices, will be emphasized.
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