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The course is structured into training modules and each module focuses on a particular aspect of critical thinking in educational institutions: what critical thinking is; when and how to use it with students of all ages and in every subject field; steps in redesigning lessons and activities based on critical thinking; advantages and consequences of using this method in classroom; how to form groups and guide students’ teams to work together in complex activities based on critical thinking; how to encourage students to ask questions, to investigate and find answers. Each module provides knowledge, methodology, insights, skills and practical approaches to better explain what critical thinking is and how it can be applied in the classroom with maximum benefits. The course offers guidance on how to use critical thinking due to a wide range of practical activities and challenging workshops. It also focuses on internal strategies in order to make critical thinking operational for those who want to apply it in their work and personal lives, thus, the course contributes to the empowerment of teachers as users of modern teaching techniques in their institutions.


Methodological approach involves:

Ice-breaking sessions
Self-motivation sessions
Team building sessions
Planning and structuring
Decision-making sessions
Goal-setting sessions
Inquiry-based activities
Problem-solving activities
Individual reflection
Group discussions
Practical activities


At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
Understand the importance of critical thinking for people’s education and personality development
Explain what critical thinking is, concepts and patterns
Identify the advantages of using critical thinking with their students
Identify relevant resources for developing and using critical thinking
Identify teaching techniques and materials to incorporate critical thinking in teaching and learning
Describe steps in developing students’ critical thinking skills
Analyze the consequences of using critical thinking in the classroom
Apply critical thinking to classroom teaching and materials development
Redesign instructional units and lesson plans with activities that require critical thinking
Create activities based on critical thinking for the lessons and subjects they teach to be implemented and developed back home
Plan a course of action to systematically develop critical thinking in personal and professional life
Implement critical thinking in teaching curriculum no matter the subject field
Achieve self-confidence, motivation, and determination to apply critical thinking in their teaching
Develop abilities in implementing critical thinking through workshops and challenging activities
Exercise practical approaches on how to educate students to work in groups effectively beyond conflicts and lack of interest
Guide their colleagues and students on how to use critical thinking as a teaching technique due to a wide range of practical activities and challenging workshops throughout the course
Create internal strategies to make critical thinking operational not only in their teaching but in their lives too
Improve teaching and communication skills

General considerations about critical thinking
A historical overview of critical thinking
What is critical thinking?
Advantages and disadvantages of using critical thinking in classroom
When and how can critical thinking be used?
Components of critical thinking and their use with students
Elements of thought and their importance for critical thinkers
Affective dimensions of intellectual traits
Intellectual standards and their importance for critical thinkers’ lives and careers
Role of Socratic questioning in critical thinking
35 instructional strategies of critical thinking for integrating it in lessons
Remodeling lesson plans to develop critical thinking
Critical thinking in education
Bloom’s (revised) taxonomy and critical thinking instruction
Redesigning lessons to introduce elements of critical thinking
Practical approach to critical thinking with elementary students
How to make thinking visible in the classroom
Types of critical thinkers
Learning Outcomes

Increased confidence in teaching and using critical thinking in the classroom
Encourage students to question as a tool of learning, to build more collaborative work relationships and to be good examples for their peers.
Use of teaching skills in forming groups, boosting team dynamics and increasing effective teamwork management during activities based on critical thinking
Mastery of teaching skills based on critical thinking in the classroom
Reinforcement of critical thinking as a method and technique to increase students’ self-confidence, motivation, and interest in their own education
Acquisition of critical thinking skills, practical language, new transferable teaching techniques, soft skills, emotional intelligence to be used in the classroom
Improved ability to deal with conflict situations and to solve problems that may arise in students’ teams while taking part in group activities based on critical thinking
Use of critical thinking with students as a technique for innovative problem-solving and for increasing students’ motivation to study and become actively involved in their groups
Encourage students to practice collaborative work and find responses to problems which are global in nature and which foster interests in the outside world
Develop the ability to deal with complex activities based on critical thinking
Interaction with teachers from various European countries
Development of language and communication skills
Increased capacity to cooperate on an international level with representatives from different educational systems
Exchange of practical ideas and examples of good practice with the participants for applying them in classroom
Enhanced linguistic and intercultural awareness, tolerance, flexibility, open-mindedness and availability to work in international teams
Increased level of internationalization of their own institutions back home
Broader understanding of practices, policies, and systems of education after analyzing similarities and differences of realities they come from
Encouragement to share best practices, ideas, and materials among colleagues within the EU
Improved abilities to use innovative and student-centered pedagogical approaches and to develop appropriate teaching and assessment methods, based on learning outcomes


Participants will be given handouts during workshops and activities and self-evaluation materials will be provided as well. At the end of the course, they will receive a questionnaire to offer their feedback regarding the effectiveness of the training event and also soft copies of all PPT materials which will have been presented at the course in order to be shown to their colleagues in their own institutions to generate interest in critical thinking. There will be a group formed on a social network that will act as a platform allowing participants and trainers to keep in touch after the end of the course and to exchange impressions and opinions on how they apply critical thinking in their work.

Course organiser
ROME, Italy

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10.05.2021 > 19.05.2021 (ID: 119271, Confirmed))
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