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Critical and Creative Thinking

  • CRCRTH 601  Critical Thinking

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    This course explores issues about the nature and techniques of critical thought, viewed as a way to establish a reliable basis for our claims, beliefs, and attitudes about the world. We explore multiple perspectives, placing established facts, theories, and practices in tension with alternatives to see how things could be otherwise. Views about observation and interpretation, reasoning and inference, valuing and judging, and the production of knowledge in its social context are considered. Special attention is given to translating what is learned into strategies, materials, and interventions for use in students' own educational and professional settings.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 602  Creative Thinking

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    This course seeks to increase the participants' understanding of creativity, to improve their creative problem-solving skills, and to enhance their ability to promote these skills in others, in a variety of educational settings. Students participate in activities designed to help develop their own creativity and discuss the creative process from various theoretical perspectives. Readings are on such topics as creative individuals, environments that tend to enhance creative functioning, and related educational issues. Discussions with artists, scientists, and others particularly involved in the creative process focus on their techniques and on ways in which creativity can be nurtured.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 603L  Foundations of Philosophical Thought

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    By discussing four or five traditional substantive problems in philosophy-morality, the nature of knowledge, freedom of the will, the nature of mind, and social organization-we attempt to derive a common approach that philosophers bring to these problems when developing their own solutions or criticizing the solutions of other philosophers. We also consider some of the ways that substantive issues and debates in philosophy relate to contemporary non-philosophical issues in our society and can be introduced into a broad range of educational environments outside standard philosophy courses.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 611  Seminar in Critical Thinking

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    This course involves research on and discussion of important issues of current concern about critical thinking. Issues include critical thinking; logic and knowledge; critical thinking about facts and about values; knowledge in its social context; teaching to be critical; and evaluating critical thinking skills. The course addresses these issues through cases of topical interest. (Note: The thematic emphasis for each semester is described on the program website: www.cct.umb.edu)   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 612  Seminar in Creativity

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    This course delves deeply into the theory and practice of promoting creativity, using a specific theme, such as invention and innovation, humor, realizing creative aspiration, building creative communities, as a focus for the readings, discussions, class activities, and semester-long students projects. The course materials, which are drawn from a variety of sources to match the instructors specialty, student interests, and evolving trends in the literature, include biographies, intellectual histories, psychological studies, educational research, the popular media, guest speakers, and outside mentors. Details for the specific semester are publicized in advance by the Program.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 615  Holistic & Transformative Teaching

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    This course explores approaches to realize teachers' and students' potential for learning, thinking, and creativity. It's primary focus is on holistic strategies to engage students in the creative arts and design. Participants are actively involved in preparing practical applications and demonstrations of concepts emerging from the class.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 616  Dialogue Processes

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    Genuine dialogue provides a creative space in which may emerge entirely new ways of thinking, acting, and relating to others. At the heart of such dialogue is holding respect for oneself, for one another, and for a commonly created pool of meaning. Course participants learn and experience approaches to listening and dialogue derived from Buber, Bohm, Isaacs, Jackins, Weissglass, and others, that allow us to become more aware of the underlying beliefs, assumptions, and emotions that limit our thinking and our responses to the world. Discussions explore applications of dialogue processes in educational, organizational, social, and personal change.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 618  Creative Thinking, Collaboration, and Organizational Change

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    Through interactive, experiential sessions and structured assignments, students learn critical and creative approaches to working in organizations. Skills addressed include: communication and team-building; facilitation of participation and collaboration in groups; promotion of learning from a diversity of perspectives; problem-finding and solving; and reflective practice. Students apply these skills to situations that arise in business, schools, social change groups, and other organizations with a view to taking initiative and generating constructive change.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 619  Biomedical Ethics

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    This course develops students' critical thinking about dilemmas in medicine and health care policy, such as those that arise around allocation of scarce resources, criteria for organ transplants, informed consent, experimentation on human subjects, AIDS research, embryo research and selective termination of pregnancy, euthanasia, and physician-assisted suicide. Through such cases the course introduces methods in moral reasoning, rights-based reasoning, decision-making under uncertainty, and utilitarianism in classic and contemporary normative reasoning.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 627  Issues and Controversies in Antiracist and Multicultural Education

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    This course explores two related forms of education-antiracist education and multicultural education-approaching them as issues in moral and value education and exploring controversies in the theories and practices of antiracist and multicultural education. The course deals with both practical and theoretical issues but concentrates more on theory. Specific topics include racism, race, and school achievement; ethnic identity and self-esteem; Afrocentrism; religious pluralism; multiculturalism as a unifying or divisive force.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 630  Criticism and Creativity in Literature and the Arts

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    Expression and evaluation, freedom and discipline, creative production and its critique-how do these dualities relate to visual and verbal imagination as they are demonstrated in literature and the arts? Specific strategies for eliciting imaginative work in these areas are demonstrated, as are specific strategies for evaluating imaginative works. Finally, this course focuses on ways of helping others (including children) to develop these skills and utilize these strategies effectively.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 640  Environment, Science, and Society: Critical Thinking

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    Through current and historical cases, this course explores the diverse influences that shape environmental science and politics and their pedagogical, professional, social, and moral implications for educators, environmental professionals, and concerned citizens.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 645L  Biology in Society: Critical Thinking

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    Current and historical cases are used to examine the political, ethical, and other social dimensions of the life sciences. Close examination of developments in the life sciences can lead to questions about the social influences shaping scientists' work or its application. This, in turn, can lead to new questions and alternative approaches for educators, biologists, health professionals, and concerned citizens. The specific thematic emphasis each semester is publicized by the Program. BIOL 545L and CRCRTH 645L are the same course.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 646L  The Gifted and Talented Student

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    This course provides students with an overview of the gifted and talented student. Topics include definitions of "gifted," identification of the gifted and talented, and methods and programs geared to these students. Special areas to be addressed are the gifted and talented minority student, as well as the gifted and talented underachiever. CRCRTH 646L and SPE G 646L are the same course.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 649L  Scientific & Political Change

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    Although relatively few Americans have backgrounds in science or engineering, they are increasingly confronted with issues that are technically complex. This course explores the resulting tensions and asks how the needs for scientific expertise and democratic control of science and technology are reconciled. The first half of the course traces the historical development of American science policy and situates this development comparatively. The second half focuses on contemporary controversies, including those over the nature of university-industry relations, patent policy, and the cases of expert/lay disagreements over risk. CRCRTH 649L and PPOL-G 749L are the same course.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 650  Mathematical Thinking

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    This course explores several types of mathematical thinking in the context of number theory, algebra, geometry, and introductory calculus, and relates them to critical and creative thinking skills. Developmental and experiential factors in learning and teaching mathematics are considered, as well as techniques for determining a learner's mathematical abilities and learning styles. Readings, discussion, research, and problem-solving are used to provide a historical context, and to suggest connections with other disciplines. Individual and small-group projects are adapted to student interests. No formal mathematical background beyond high school algebra and geometry is required.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 651L  Advanced Cognitive Psychology

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    This course gives a survey of the field of cognitive psychology from an information-processing viewpoint. The course considers how people encode, organize, transform, and output information. Emphasis is given to such topics as concept formation, problem-solving, and creative thinking. CRCRTH 651L and PSYCH 550L are the same course.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 652L  Children and Science

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    This course explores the ways children think about their natural and social world and how they affect their learning of science. It is particularly concerned with identifying and describing the organized conceptual frameworks children have prior to instruction (which typically are different from the scientists' conceptualizations) and with understanding the general processes by which conceptual frameworks can be changed. One important question concerns the ways in which children are fundamentally different learners and thinkers from adults and the ways in which they are fundamentally similar. CRCRTH 652L and PSYCH 552L are the same course.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 653L  Epidemiological Thinking and Population Health

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    Introduction to the concepts, methods, and problems involved in analyzing the biological and social influences on behaviors and diseases and in translation such analyses into population health policy and practice. Special attention given to social inequalities, changes over the life course, and heterogeneous pathways. Case studies and course projects are shaped to accommodate students with interests in diverse fields related to health and public policy. Students are assumed to have a statistical background, but the course emphasizes epidemiological literacy with a view to collaborating thoughtfully with specialists, not technical expertise. CRCRTH 653L and NURSNG 753L and PPOL-G 753L are the same course.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 655  Metacognition

    Description:
    This course considers various aspects of metacognition and how they influence behavior in children and adults. Topics include the individual's knowledge of his or her own cognition, self-awareness, the monitoring of conscious thought processes, inferences about unconscious thought processes, metacognition as a decision process, metacognitive strategies, the development of metacognition, and metacognition as a source of individual differences in children.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 670  Thinking, Learning, and Computers

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    This course considers the consequences of using computers to aid our thinking, learning, communication, and action in classrooms, organizations, and social interactions. Class activities acquaint students with specific computer-based tools, the ideas and research behind them, and themes for critical thinking about these ideas and tools.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 688  Reflective Practice

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    Reflective practitioners in any profession pilot new practices, take stock of outcomes and reflect on possible directions, and make plans to revise their practice accordingly. They also make connections with colleagues who model new practices and support the experimenting and practice of others. Students in this course gain experiences and up-to-date tools for reflective practice through presentations, interactive and experiential sessions, and, optionally, supervised pilot activities in schools, workplaces, and communities.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 692  Processes of Research and Engagement

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    In this course student identify issues in educational or other professional settings on which to focus their critical and creative thinking skills. Each student works through the different stages of research and action from defining a manageable project to communicating findings and plans for further work. The classes run as workshops, in which student are introduced to and then practice using tools for research, writing, communicating, and supporting the work of others.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 693  Action Research for Educational, Professional & Personal change

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    This course covers techniques for and critical thinking about the evaluation of changes in educational practices and policies in schools, organizations, and informal contexts. Topics include quantitative and qualitative methods for design and analysis, participatory design of practices and policies in a framework of action research, institutional learning, the wider reception or discounting of evaluations, and selected case studies, including those arising from semester-long student projects.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 694  Synthesis of Theory and Practice Seminar

    Description:
    This seminar provides participants with an opportunity to review and reflect on their work in the program and its impact on their current and future professional and personal lives, through a final project that demonstrates knowledge and integration of critical and creative thinking skills, processes, and strategies. To facilitate the synthesis of ideas and the identification of a final project option, the seminar begins with group experiences. Students choosing the same final project option meet in small groups weekly to present their plans and progress notes for support and critique. A three-page final project description is presented early in the course, and all projects are presented during the last four weeks.   More Info

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  • CRCRTH 696  Independent Study

    Description:
    This course involves the comprehensive study of a particular topic or area of literature determined by the student's need; the study is pursued under the guidance, and subject to the examination, of the instructor. An application or outline of study should be submitted to the instructor by the end of the semester previous to that in which this course is to be taken.   More Info

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