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Developing as rational persons: viewing our development in stages

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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The Critical Thinking Community’s website offers a detailed in-depth description of the processes—they identify five stages—through which people can develop critical, rational, thinking. In academic-style prose, they argue that people don’t typically choose to be... read more

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An under-appreciated way of teaching kids to think rationally

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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Washington Post writer Valerie Strauss makes the case for the “Philosophy for Children” (P4K) movement as an approach to teaching K-12 students how to think rationally. Based on a version of the Socratic Method, P4K... read more

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Review of the book Analytic Processes for School Leaders by Cynthia T. Richetti and Benjamin B. Tregoe

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) reviews Cynthia Richetti’s and Benjamin Tregoe’s book, which offers helpful charts and illustrations demonstrating rational approaches to problem-solving and decision-making. Although the authors focus on school leaders—principals and... read more

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Teaching critical thinking: an evidence-based guide

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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For a quick read, the website Parenting Science provides a concise list of key skills related to rational and critical thinking, with tips on how parents and teachers can teach them to children. On their... read more

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Critical thinking: how to grow your child’s mind

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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In her article for the group Roots of Action Marilyn Price-Mitchell asks, “What kind of thinker is your child?  Does he believe everything on TV?  Does she always figure out how to get what she... read more

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Teaching strategies that enhance higher-order thinking

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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Writing for TeachHub, Janelle Cox lists 10 strategies for teachers who want to enhance higher-order thinking in their students. Among these, she suggests teaching students to learn to infer, saying, “You can start by giving... read more

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Most students don’t know when news is fake, Stanford study finds

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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Finally, a sobering article by Sue Shellenbarger for the Wall Street Journal, in which she summarizes a recent Stanford University Study. She claims “Preteens and teens may appear dazzlingly fluent, flitting among social-media sites, uploading... read more

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Canadian universities aim to help students, faculty stranded by Trump order

In the News   |   February 7, 2017

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The American immigration ban that is the subject of a battle between Donald Trump and the country’s courts has mobilized universities around the world because it strikes right at the heart of the principles of... read more

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Declining enrolment has Ontario colleges facing an uphill battle: PwC report

Articles of Interest   |   January 26, 2017

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Ontario colleges will have to cut staff, increase tuition, deliver more education online and receive more government funding if they are to survive a decade of declining enrolment, says a comprehensive report by consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers... read more

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Delaying school start times gives students better chance of success: study

In the News   |   January 24, 2017

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Amber Henstridge, a Grade 11 student in Northwestern Ontario, struggled to wake up at 5:30 a.m. to make the hour-long commute to her high school. She often missed school or arrived late. But ever since... read more

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How for-profit education made class clowns of four businesspeople

Articles of Interest   |   January 20, 2017

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The public offering of stock in Edison Schools in the United States in 1999 signalled the hope that, by using business principles, a private company could deliver better public schools for less money, leaving taxpayers... read more

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Ontario universities pressed to show value, demand for graduate degrees

Articles of Interest   |   January 16, 2017

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Some of Ontario’s universities may have to reconsider their plans to expand master’s and PhD programs as the province tries to encourage the sector to focus on training students who graduate with skills that are... read more

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Librarians share their predictions for education trends in 2017

Research & Findings   |   January 13, 2017

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The educational book publisher Scholastic asks “eight outstanding librarians” for their predictions of key developments in education for the coming year. Their contributions include silent conversations in the classroom, paperless libraries, makerspace technology (use of... read more

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5 education trends of 2016 that will continue to impact in 2017

Research & Findings   |   January 13, 2017

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Stepping far outside the Canadian context, here’s a look at education trends in India as presented by India today in Education. Among their predictions, they see more integrated and theme-based learning that involves seamlessly combining... read more

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What’s Next for Education: Emerging tech trends for 2017

Research & Findings   |   January 13, 2017

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Veteran teacher Matthew Lynch offered his predictions for emerging tech trends in education for the website, TrustED12 (K-12). Makerspace is on his radar as well, saying that it will encourage practical, real-world learning. Teachers with... read more

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