Speaker Series Mar 12

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Friday, March 12, 2021 - 15:00

Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation & Rhetoric along with the PhD in Argumentation Studies at the University of Windsor invite you to a talk by

Michael Yong-Set

Studies in Argumentation PhD, University of Windsor

Some Critical Thoughts on Critical Thinking: A Blooming Taxonomy of Game-Adjacent Ideas for Education

The domains of Argumentation Theory, Informal Logic and Critical Thinking have many points of contact despite their differences. While precise delineations are unsettled, one aspect they share is an intersection with pedagogy and education. Notably, achieving 'critical thinking and problem-solving skills' is now a common learning outcome and degree level expectation at higher institutions.

This interest in 'critical thinking' alongside the increasingly recognized limitations of static teaching strategies have motivated educators and theorists to develop alternatives for delivering critical thinking education. The use of 'games in education' is one such candidate. It is predicated on the prospect of harnessing the demonstrably enormous enthusiasm young people have for gaming and refocusing that towards learning.

There is potential in leveraging the resources of 'games' to enhance critical thinking and its pedagogy. However, this is a challenging approach - partly because 'games' and their adjacent ideas are nebulous. In this presentation, I share some insights and offer preliminary organizational tools for approaching the issue of 'games in education.' I conclude with remarks about how my conception of 'critical thinking' motivates my optimism for 'games' cultivating the higher-order traits that characterize 'critical thinkers' worthy of the name.

Friday, March 12, 2021


Weekly presentations conducted via Zoom. All those interested in attending should contact crrar@uwindsor.ca