On behalf of the Zambian Ministry of Education, Professor of Education Charles Temple recently led a team of trainers through a four-day workshop on teaching strategies for critical thinking. The workshop had two tracks: one for teacher educators that featured demonstration lessons and guided practice, and one for curriculum developers, designers of educational materials, and assessment specialists that focused on defining needs and designing work plans for incorporating critical thinking into the Zambian education system.
Both tracks of the workshops were supported with specially-prepared guidebooks. The workshop was well-received, with both groups rating their satisfaction with the workshop at an average of 4.5 of a possible 5.
The workshop was sponsored by the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa. The other trainers were Yvonne Capehart Weah, of Liberia, and Laura Runceanu and Iudit Sera, of Romania. Three more week-long workshops are planned for the remainder of the academic year.
Temple is the author and co-author of numerous books. In addition to his teaching duties at HWS, Temple is the co-founder and director of the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking Project in association with the International Reading Association. Temple received his B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina, and his M.Ed. in curriculum studies and his Ph.D in reading education from the University of Virginia. He also taught at the University of Houston-Victoria.
In the photo above, Professor Charlie Temple gathers for a photo with workshop participants.