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Writing Across the Curriculum
Resources for helping faculty develop writing-intensive courses and for students seeking to improve their writing skills through the Adrian College Writing Center will be available here.
Critical Thinking Working Group
A faculty round-table initiative is focusing on higher order thinking skills into class development, assignments and through intentional and explicit methods.
Formed in 1992, the CTWG is an interdisciplinary group of Adrian College faculty who participate in roundtable explanations on pedagogical issues related to critical thinking, critical understanding and the moral development of our students as lifelong learners.
The CTWG subscribes to the following pedagogical principles: we believe the infusion of critical thinking, cultural understanding and moral development into our classes should be intentional, explicit, incremental, adaptive and research based.
- Critical Thinking: infusing higher order thinking into course design, assessment and student assignments using the pioneering work of Richard Paul and Art Costa
- Critical Understanding: developing strategies and tools to move students to exhibit the perspectives of various academic disciplines in their thinking.
- Moral Development: preparing students to assume their responsibilities in the classroom as learners, participants in scholarly dialogue, future professionals and citizens in a democratic and pluralistic culture.
Habits of Mind Project
The Adrian College Habits of Mind Project began in the fall semester of 2001 when a group of faculty began to meet for discussions on the Habits of Mind series, edited by Art Costa and Bena Kallick. These conversations resulted in a commitment on the part of the group members to begin to explore ways of incorporating Habits of Mind into their courses and across the College’s curriculum.
Subsequently, the College’s director of faculty development led a series of workshops for interested faculty during the spring of 2002. These workshops proved encouraging as more faculty expressed interest in the Habits of Mind Project. Through conversations with the College’s academic dean, the director of faculty development suggested the Habits project be the focus of the Fall Faculty Workshop.
The College also invited Art Costa for a two-day workshop scheduled for October 2002. Further, the college applied for a grand from SBC/Ameritech Michigan College’s Foundation Technology initiative to develop an interactive website based on the Habits of Mind.