I STAGE – Formation of critical
thinking development teams in higher education institutions.
To participate in the project there where invited
not individual teachers, but teams of higher education institutions.
Taking into account teaching peculiarities, two groups of lecturers
were formed: form pedagogical and non-pedagogical higher education
Participants of the project passed the full 48 hrs course of Critical
Thinking. During the participation in the project, the lecturers were
encouraged to apply new strategies in their schools, observe the
lectures led by their team members, have meetings with them and discuss
their achievements and what might be changed in order to get adjusted
to specific situations.
19-20 March, 2002
Workshop “Framework and Environment for Teaching Critical
29-30 April, 16-17 May, 2002
Workshop „Methods of Teaching Critical Thinking"
2-5 July, 2002 - Summer school
Workshop "Planning and assessment of critical thinking lecture.
Development of student orientates study programmes"
24-25 September, 2002
Seminar for administrators of higher education institutions "Content of
Contemporary Studies at University"
Guest lecturers: dr. Jeannie STEELE, dr. Kurt MEREDITH (University of
Northern Iowa, USA)
Seeking of project sustainability, it was decided
to involve universities administration into the project and to deliver
to them an introductory seminar. Vice-rectors and directors of study
departments got acquainted with the project and had understanding about
benefits of the modern critical thinking course in higher education
24-25 October, 18-19 November, 2002
Workshop "Writing as a tool for critical thinking development.
Attitudes towards scientific texts reading. Text analysis"
7-9 January, 2003 - Winter School
Workshop "Adult education"
II STAGE – Development of
integrated and individual programmes for critical thinking teaching
The second year of the project was devoted for
analyzing of study programmes and teaching subjects from the point of
view of critical thinking teaching possibility.
Lecturers chose one of those ways for individual or group activity:
- to integrate a programme of critical thinking into their subject
- to develop an optional critical thinking teaching course;
- to develop a new critical thinking course.
17 February, 2004 - Final conference of the
During the conference project coordinators implemented an idea to link
together experience of critical thinking development in secondary and
higher education. Therefore teachers from Modern Didactics Center
methodical schools – Critical Thinking centres: Vilnius
“Vyturys” primary school, Vilnius
Simonas Daukantas secondary school, 1st gymnasium of Silute,
Moletai gymnasium – were invited to participate in
conference. Project participants presented developed programmes for
their colleagues as well as secondary school teachers share their
long-lived experience in critical thinking education.