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Day 2: Critical Thinking with Rationale

To book or enquire send an email to training@austhink.com

General Description

This one day workshop provides a deeper understanding and extended classroom application for teachers and curriculum coordinators. The Get Thinking with Rationale workshop is a prerequisite for this advanced workshop.


Participants will gain a deeper understanding of what Critical Thinking is and be able to develop classroom activities to target Critical Thinking skills, and be able to report give feedback on students’ thinking skill development.

Where, When, Who?

The workshop is offered to participants who have already completed the Get Thinking with Rationale workshop. It is expected to be offered in November/ December 2006, and will be held at Trinity College, The University of Melbourne, with lunch, morning and afternoon teas provided. The workshop is limited to 15 people.


Cost per attendee $495 (+ GST 10%) or $895 (+ GST 10%) for both the Get Thinking and Critical Thinking with Rationale workshops.


Session 1:

Develops skills and deepens understanding of critical thinking topics. Participants will
(1) develop greater understanding of the co-premise structure;
(2) develop the ability to identify when co-premises are required;
(3) develop a deeper understanding of the evaluation process;
(4) understand the principles of making good judgments and how to represent them in Rationale;
(5) become aware of standard argument patterns, including patterns of bad reasoning.

Session 2:

Extends classroom application by focusing on assessment, feedback and reporting. Participants will
(1) create an assessment task relevant to their subject domain;
(2) understand the elements of assessing critical thinking;
(3) create an assessment rubric based on those elements;
(4) practise assessing and providing feedback on Rationale maps.

Session 3:

Models a classroom activity with discussion of pedagogical outcomes and learning experiences. Participants will
(1) discuss and frame pedagogical outcomes;
(2) actively engage in a mock classroom activity;
(3) consider learning experiences and outcomes.

Session 4:

Reviews the content and skills covered in the workshop and provides a forum to share ideas and consider issues of implementation. Participants will
(1) consolidate their knowledge and skills;
(2) review the resources and materials they have acquired;
(3) raise issues in implementing critical thinking into their curriculum;
(4) contribute to a master grouping map of classroom topics/ activities and resources required.