The Office of Faculty Development’s 2013 Teaching and Learning Symposium was held on Thursday, April 11 at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center.
The 2013 Symposium featured:
- A poster session
- A keynote lecture, delivered by Dr. Stephen D. Brookfield
- The 2013 Teaching Awards Ceremony and Reception
To see a PDF of the program for the 2013 Symposium, including a full schedule of events, please click here.
Keynote Address: Teaching for Critical and Creative Thinking
Someone who thinks critically is able to identify and research the assumptions that frame how they think and act. Someone who thinks creatively can view ideas and actions from multiple viewpoints and can communicate through a variety of modalities. Research on how students learn to think critically and creatively shows that two factors are crucial to the process—seeing teachers model their own engagement in critical and creative thinking, and using peers as critically reflective mirrors to generate multiple perspectives. In this session, Stephen Brookfield will model critical thinking about critical thinking and introduce a number of classroom activities that can creatively engage students in purposeful learning.
About Dr. Stephen D. Brookfield
Since beginning his teaching career in 1970, Dr. Stephen D. Brookfield has worked in England, Canada, Australia and the United States, teaching in a variety of adult educational, community educational and college settings. He has written and edited sixteen books on adult learning, teaching, leadership, critical theory, and critical thinking, six of which have won the World Award for Literature in Adult Education (in 1986, 1989, 1996, 2005, 2011 and 2012). He is currently a Distinguished University Professor of the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis–St. Paul where he works with faculty across the disciplines on improving teaching, engaging students in discussion, and teaching for critical thinking. He believes that the best teachers are critically reflective—constantly checking the assumptions they make about the best ways to help students learn skills, content and dispositions. In his presentations, he makes full use of his own autobiographical experiences working with students across a wide range of ability levels from individuals with low levels of literacy to doctoral students in a variety of disciplines.
2013 Teaching Awards Ceremony and Luncheon
NC State honored over thirty faculty members at the 2012-2013 Teaching Awards Ceremony and Luncheon.