Uncovering Critical Thinking in Social Studies

with Wally Diefenthaler, Diane Lander and Karen LaRone.

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Critical Thinking is not just a goal, but a powerful method to teach Social Studies. This recorded webinar delves into what is Critical Thinking and gives you a comprehensive overview of The Critical Thinking Consortium's (TC2) model. An interactive example of a critical thinking challenge will be explored to give you a practical application of critical thinking in a Social Studies context. In addition, critical thinking resources that support implementation of the Social Studies program will be introduced. You'll look at how to access these resources through the LearnAlberta website.

Wally Diefenthaler
Wally Diefenthaler is a senior consultant with the Critical Thinking Consortium and an experienced educator and facilitator. He led the development and writing of the new Social Studies high school curriculum in Alberta. Wally has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Governor General’s Award for excellence in Teaching Canadian History, the Alberta Premier’s Award of Excellence, the Alberta Teachers Association Social Studies Council Award of Excellence and is a founding member of Canadian Council for Geographic Education. Wally has extensive speaking experience on Social Studies related topics to a wide range of audiences and has organized and led hundreds of consultations on Social Studies and critical thinking strategies.

Diane_and_Karen.jpgDiane Lander
Diane Lander is currently working as a curriculum facilitator for Parkland School Division. Previous to this role, Diane was seconded to Alberta Education, where she was the Project Coordinator for the Social Studies Online Guide to Implementation.

Karen LaRone
Karen LaRone is currently working as the Director of Operations for The Critical Thinking Consortium. Previous to this role, Karen was seconded to Alberta Education, where she was a Resource Manager focusing on the development of content for the Social Studies Online Guide to Implementation.

Handouts and Resources

Uncovering Critical Thinking in Social Studies.ppt

Critical Thinking with LearnAlberta.doc

The Critical Thinking Consortium