Geneva, NY—Charles Temple, professor of education, was recently in Vilnius, Lithuania, to co-chair a meeting organized by the Open Society Institute to promote active learning and critical thinking in universities across Central Europe and Central Asia.
The meeting drew representatives from Albania, Armenia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, and Uzbekistan. The participants created a template for a course to teach skills of inquiry and debate while focusing on social issues from interdisciplinary perspectives. Temple's subgroup developed a plan for preparing faculty to teach such a course.
The Open Society Institute and 24 national Soros foundations seek to expand the efforts of the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking project into higher education. The goal of the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking project is to work with teachers in central Europe to train them in teaching methods that would encourage their students to think critically and learn independently.
Temple joined Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1982. He is the author, co-author, and editor of several publications, including The Beginnings of Writing, Understanding Reading Problems: Assessment and instruction, Stories and Readers: New perspectives on literature in the elementary school, and Language Arts: Learning processes and teaching practices, as well as textbooks, children's books, and poetry.