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30th International Conference

Join us at the World's Longest Running Annual Conference on Critical Thinking

How To Teach Students To Master Content
By Developing A Questioning Mind

July 19 - 22, 2010
Preconference:  July 17-18
Near U.C. Berkeley

The Center and Foundation for Critical Thinking have together hosted critical thinking academies and conferences for three decades. During that time, we have played a key role in defining, structuring, assessing, improving and advancing the principles and best practices of fair-minded critical thought in education and in society. We invite you to join us for the 30th International Conference on Critical Thinking. Our annual conference provides a unique opportunity for you to improve your understanding of critical thinking, as well as your ability to more substantively foster it in the classroom and in all aspects of your work and life.

The conference will consist in approximately 40 conference sessions offered over four days. Participants will choose in advance the sessions offered on days one, two, and four. On the third day of the conference  participants will choose from approximately 30 sessions.  We invite both new and returning participants to join us for the preconference,  to be held July 17-18, 2010.  Note that this year a number of advanced sessions (including two preconference sessions) are offered for returning registrants and those who have participated in our professional development programs onsite.  Preconference sessions offer an occasion for in-depth learning over a two-day period (choose among 4 options).

All conference sessions are designed to converge on basic critical thinking principles and to enrich a core concept of critical thinking with practical teaching and learning strategies. For a fuller explanation of core critical thinking concepts review the
Thinker's Guide Series or articles from our library.

Throughout our work we emphasize and argue for the importance of teaching for critical thinking in a strong, rather than a weak, sense. We are committed to a clear and "substantive" concept of critical thinking (rather than one that is ill-defined); a concept that interfaces well with the disciplines, that integrates critical with creative thinking, that applies directly to the needs of everyday and professional life, that emphasizes the affective as well as the cognitive dimension of critical thinking, that highlights intellectual standards and traits. We advocate a concept of critical thinking that organizes instruction in every subject area at every educational level.

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Conference Flyer »

Files available for download  »
  • PreConf_Schedule_2010.doc

  • Conf_Schedule_2010.doc

  • 29th Conference Keynote Video

    The keynote address from the 29th Annual Conference is available on YouTube in a five-part series. Click Here to watch Dr. Richard Paul's Keynote Address.

    Choose from the following sessions when registering. Choose one for each day section.  See preconference and conference schedule and sessions for full titles and descriptions.

    • Socratic Questioning
    • Assess Students Learning and Thinking 
    • Advanced Session: Develop a Thinker’s Guide 
    • Advanced Session: Questioning the Heart of the Critical Thinking Field  
    DAY ONE 
    • Foundational Session (for new registrants)
    • Advanced Session:  Going Deeper: (for returning registrants)
    DAY TWO Morning
    • Taking Ownership of Content Through Thinking 
    • Skilled Questioning and Close Reading
    • Critical Thinking: Many Things to Many Persons
    • Paulian Framework of Critical Thinking 
    DAY TWO Afternoon
    • Develop Long-Term Staff Development Plan 
    • Critical Questions Students Should be Asking 
    • Skilled Questioning and Substantive Writing
    • Advanced Session:  Skilled Learner as Skilled Questioner
    • Concurrent sessions - choose at the conference, from among 30 sessions
    DAY FOUR Afternoon 
    • The Power of the Thinker’s Guide Library
    • Teaching Students to Ask Multilogical Questions 
    • Male Chauvinism, Vulgar Feminism, Human Dogmatism
    • Advanced Session: Advanced Design of Instruction

    Conference Plan and Sessions:

    PRE-CONFERENCE: Saturday and Sunday
    (you choose one of the following in-depth two-day sessions)…

    Using the tools of critical thinking in Socratic questioningDr. Enoch Hale

    Using Critical Thinking Strategies to Assess Students Learning and Thinking within a Discipline
    Dr. Gerald Nosich

    Advanced Session: How to Develop a Thinker’s Guide in Your Area of Expertise
    Dr. Linda Elder

    Advanced Session: Questioning the Heart of the Field (Thinking through the core concept of critical thinking, the manner in which the core can be contextualized, and the ways in which contextualizations of the core can generate intellectual controversy)
    ....Dr. Richard Paul

    : Monday - Thursday

    : Monday
    (you indicate one of the following sessions, which runs all day following the morning key-note address)…
     DAY TWO Morning: Tuesday
    (you choose one of the following sessions for the morning)…
     DAY TWO Afternoon: Tuesday
    (you choose one of the following sessions for the afternoon)…

    DAY THREE: Wednesday

    • Concurrent sessions. Participants will choose from among numerous concurrent sessions while at the conference.  Concurrent sessions are invited, and will be posted presently.
    DAY FOUR Morning: Thursday
    (you choose one of the following sessions for the morning)…


    This year's conference will be held at the Claremont Resort Hotel & Spa near U.C. Berkeley, CaliforniaMore information on the Claremont Hotel

    From Past Conferences...

    Speakers from past critical thinking conference

    30th International Conference on Critical Thinking Keynote address by Richard Paul in 5 parts