What you will learn in the course:
- Familiarity with the movement for teaching thinking through a conceptual map that divides the movement into three approaches: skills, dispositions, and understanding
- What good thinking is and, naturally, the skills, dispositions and understandings that will help improve your thinking
- How to teach students or employees in knowledge-based workplaces to think better—more effectively, critically, and creatively
- Whether our current schools, including our colleges and universities, teach students to think well
- Inspiration to develop new educational environments that will develop and nurture student thinking
The knowledge economy, scientific and technological advances, democratic society, and other factors all exert pressure on education systems to develop students’ ability to think well—to think effectively, critically, and creatively. The movement for teaching thinking, which emerged in the West in the last third of the 20th century and thereafter expanded throughout the world, responded to this challenge with theories that address the question: What is the factor that generates good thinking and how does one teach it? There are multiple and occasionally contradictory answers to this question.
The course presents a conceptual map to elucidate the theories of and approaches to teaching thinking:
- The skills approach aims to impart thinking skills through demonstration and practice.
- The dispositions approach aims to instill good thinking dispositions through modeling and organizational culture.
- The understanding approach aims to help students develop understandings through undermining and inquiry.
Each approach defines the key concepts of the subject—“thinking,” “good thinking,” and “educating for thinking”—in its own distinctive way. With an understanding of the approaches to teaching thinking, we can teach students, workers, and citizens to think better.
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מונחה: לוח הזמנים נבנה ע"י צוות הקורס.
Professor Yoram Harpaz
Professor Yoram Harpaz
Professor Yoram Harpaz is a lecturer in education at the Al Qasemi College of Education and Beit Berl In the 1970s, he studied General History and Philosophy (BA) at the Hebrew University and thought of education (Master). In the 1980s, he was a history and philosophy teacher and an educator at Boyer School. After seven years of teaching and educating, he was a reporter in the Jerusalem newspaper "Kol Ha’ir," and in 1992 was admitted into the first cycle of the Mandel School of Educational Leadership. After graduating from Mandel he worked at the Branco Weiss Institute. As part of his work there, he managed the project "Teaching and learning in the thinking community" and conducted the Institute's publications. During his work at the Institute, he traveled to Harvard University where he wrote a Ph.D. in the field of thinking education under the guidance of David Perkins and Zvi Lam. The PhD was submitted to the Hebrew University. After nine years at the Branco Weiss Institute, he joined the Mandel School of Educational Leadership faculty, and managed it from 2004 to 2006. In 2007-2015 he edited the "Echo Hahinuch" newspaper. Harpaz has published four books and articles on teaching, learning and thinking.
Dr. Abir Wadad
Dr. Abir Wadad
"Dr. Abir Wadad is a lecturer and researcher at Al-Qasmi College, head of the Center for the Development of MOOCs, and adviser to the president of the College for the Advancement of Women's Status. Dr. Wadad graduated from the Technion's Faculty of Science and Technology. Her PhD research focused on: Open Multiple-Participant Online Courses (MOOCs) based on Nanotechnology and Sensor Projects: Examining Motivation for Learning and Knowledge. During her PhD studies, she was a partner in the first Mooc developed by the Technion and promoted on the world-wide Coursera platform on nanotechnology and nanosensors. Dr. Wadad completed her bachelor's and master's degrees from the Technion's Faculty of Civil Engineering (1998, 2005, respectively). She also completed another master's degree in science and technology education at the Technion in 2013. Dr. Wadad has attended more than 20 conferences in Israel and abroad and has published articles in international journals. Her research interests focus on learning in a mock environment, (MOOCs) project-based learning, lab-based PBL learning, science learning motivation, and innovative thinking."
Dr. Baha Zoabi
Dr. Baha Zoabi| Al-Qasemi Academy
Dr. Zoabi was recently appointed Academic Dean of the Al Qasemi Academic College of Education. After completing his doctorate in 2013, he specialized in the professional-applied field of excellence and innovation in education and leads the development of innovative courses, development of innovation arenas, development of learning materials in the context of innovative and future-oriented pedagogy in higher education and leads international conferences for researchers, teachers and students in innovation in education. Dr. Zoabi has invested much effort over the last two years in leading the "Collective Impact" in the field of innovation in Arab society with the aim of reducing gaps and exploiting the potential for creativity / innovation among students in the education system in the Arab society led by the newly established Al Qasemi - Academic College of Education.