The Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking Project (RWCT) has offered staff development in critical thinking methods to teachers in 40 countries since 1997. Now, the project is being used in Ecuador as part of an initiative that expects to reach 25,000 high school teachers in the country over the next several months.
Materials from the project are being used in combination with those by Richard Paul, director of research and professional development at the Center for Critical Thinking and Chair of the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking; and Grant Wiggins, president of Authentic Education in Hopewell, N.J., for 40-hour workshops in 11 cities. The workshops were developed by faculty at the University of San Francisco led by Monserrat Creamer, vice president of the university and will take place in the cities of Quito, Guayaquil, Manta, Machala, Babahoyo, Cuenca, Ambato, Loja, Ibarra, Guaranda and Esmeraldas. The ministry of education is promoting the training nationwide.
RWCT was developed by Professor of Education Charles Temple and colleagues at the University of Northern Iowa and the International Reading Association, with much help from Professor of Philosophy Scott Brophy and others. Brophy, Professor of Philosophy Steve Lee, and Bill Shara, who is teacher at the Harley School in Rochester, N.Y. and the husband of Professor Maureen Flynn of the HWS History Department, have conducted workshops overseas for RWCT with support from the Open Society Institute.
“I really like the idea of all those people doing critical thinking workshops at 10,000 feet,” says Temple.