RCI attends PACU seminar on critical and creative thinking
The Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU) held a seminar on critical and creative thinking on March 2–3, 2017, at the Blessed Buenaventura G. Paredes OP Building in the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. The seminar provided a venue for the academe to recognize and strengthen the value of using critical thinking in the classroom and beyond. Topics covered were the infusion of critical thinking into content areas, multiple intelligences and learning styles, application of critical thinking in the IB schools, to name a few.
Resource speakers, mostly academicians, presented valuable ideas and concepts on critical thinking. It was stressed that teaching becomes successful only when students transfer critical-thinking processes into real-life situations or daily encounters with reality. In the classroom, equal emphasis should be given to both content or mastery of the subject matter and the thinking process.
Another speaker highlighted the need for teachers and educators to feel joy in what they are doing so that learning for students becomes an enjoyable experience. In the process, being joyful releases one’s passion—one cannot teach something one doesn’t enjoy. Moreover, on top of content, teachers need to teach kindness, fairness, and resiliency.
The need to work in teams was likewise underscored. Collaborative and cooperative learning are favored to expose the learner to alternative viewpoints. Knowledge should not be kept in silos; this is not acceptable in the realm of critical and creative thinking.
On curriculum design, while there have been endeavors to make a holistic curriculum to ensure that learners learn, it is still stifled during the implementation or delivery process. “Curriculum is more than a textbook, more than a classroom, and more than teachers and students. It is all of the social influences, populist crises, military campaigns, and historical moments that shape our lives—when we are in school and in our lives beyond the classroom.” (Cary 2006) This calls for a real educational leader who “must look at the curriculum whole and raise insistent questions of priority and relationship.” (Cremin 1965)
RCI’s Aldrin Darilag, Dean of the Tertiary Education Division and Graduate School, and Rosarita Dalisay from the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs represented RCI in the seminar.
Cary, Lisa. Curriculum Spaces: Discourse, Postmodern Theory and Educational Research. New York: Peter Lang, 2006
Cremin, Lawrence. The Genius of American Education. New York: Vintage Books, 1965