Infusing Critical Inquiry into the Social Studies Curriculum

Critical thinking and inquiry are central goals of a social studies curriculum. But how can teachers actually implement them in their curriculum and pedagogy? This presentation by the authors of a leading critical thinking text, Reason in the Balance, will explain their inquiry-based approach to critical thinking and provide concrete examples of how to infuse it into the social studies curriculum.

 

This workshop is intended for primary and secondary school teachers.

Sessions

Friday 10:50 AM - 12:20 PM
Room EDB 7608

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Presenters

  • Capilano University
    Mark Battersby

    Mark Battersby is a professor emeritus at Capilano University. He has written and presented extensively on critical thinking, informal logic, and learning outcomes and is the co-author, along with Sharon Bailin, of Reason in the Balance: An Inquiry Approach to Critical Thinking. Battersby has taught critical thinking at Capilano University, the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and Stanford University. He is the founder of the British Columbia Association for Critical Thinking Research and Instruction. In addition to informal logic and argumentation theory, Battersby's work also focuses on critical thinking about statistics, about science, and about political and environmental issues. The second edition of his book on critical thinking about statistical and scientific information, Is That a Fact? A Field Guide to Statistical and Scientific Information, was published in 2016.

     

    A Mandarin version of Reason and the Balance culturally adapted for Chinese students was published by Renmin University Press in Bejing in 2021. A collection of their papers, Inquiry: A New Paradigm for Critical Thinking, was published by Windsor Studies in Argumentation in 2018

  • Simon Fraser University
    Sharon Bailin

    Sharon Bailin is a professor emeritus in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She has written and presented extensively on critical thinking and is the co-author, along with Mark Battersby, of the critical thinking text, Reason in the Balance: An Inquiry Approach to Critical Thinking. Bailin is also the author of the award-winning book, Achieving Extraordinary Ends: An Essay on Creativity. Bailin is one of the originators of a conception of critical thinking which has formed the foundation of a major curriculum project for K–12 schools both in North America and internationally. In addition to her academic pursuits, she has a background in theater and the arts.

     

    A Mandarin version of Reason and the Balance culturally adapted for Chinese students was published by Renmin University Press in Bejing in 2021. A collection of their papers, Inquiry: A New Paradigm for Critical Thinking, was published by Windsor Studies in Argumentation in 2018