|Critical thinking development: training programme for Poland educators
Project supported by:
Society Institute-New York
Training Centre of Białystok, Poland
Project was implemented as part of RWCT
International Consortium activities.
- To spread ideas of innovative education based
on critical thinking development in Poland schools.
- To prepare pupils for active
citizenship, to inculcate norms and skills of democracy into class
- To help teachers reshape the process of
education by implementing teaching methods that help students think
critically and to become independent, lifelong
- To implement the programme "Reading and Writing
for Critical Thinking" (RWCT) in Poland.
- To train the first generation of RWCT teachers,
thus creating conditions for the programme
continuation after the end of the project.
Project was shaped for subject teachers of various
education levels, that wish to improve their professional
qualification and want to apply innovative teaching methods in their
39 teachers from Białystok, £odzi, Varsaw
other cities of Poland participated in the project.
Daiva PENKAUSKIENE, director of Modern Didactics
Grazina SIVICKA, vice-principal of Vilnius A.Mickiewich gymnazium,
teacher-expert of Polish language
|During the project year lecturers
delivered a complete course of RWCT workshops to in-country team:
1. A Framework for Active Learning and Critical Thinking
2. Methods for Promoting Critical Thinking
3. Reading/Writing/Discussion in Every Discipline
4. Further Strategies For Promoting Critical Thinking
5. Cooperative Learning
6. Lesson Planning and Assessment
7. Writing Workshop: From Self-Expression to Written Arguments
8. Creating Thoughtful Readers
9. Adult education
After each workshop participating teachers have practice the curriculum
and adapt RWCT strategies based on individual circumstances. Between
workshops, RWCT participants met with colleagues to discuss
progress in mastering RWCT strategies. They also received feedback
from RWCT lecturers who observed their classroom teaching.
completing the entire RWCT course and performing RWCT Standards
requirements, first-year participants have acquire qualification of
RWCT Teacher. It is expected
they will proceed to higher RWCT qualification category
and become trainers for future generations of RWCT teachers in
- Project participants acquired new knowledge and
skills: they will be able to use a framework for teaching
and a repertoire of effective techniques that promotes
critical thinking and independent learning, become
reflective practitioners. They students will
be able to think critically, to
be curious, and to use strategies of inquiry, to
take responsibility for their own learning, to
work cooperatively with others and to
become life-long learners.
- First generation of RWCT teachers
in the regions of Poland were prepared. Teachers will be able to apply
acquired knowledge in their own practice and share their experience
with their colleagues.