The theme of 2012's Fall Forum was "Creative and Critical Thinking: Exploring Multiple Perspectives in the Classroom." Stephen Brookfield, a noted scholar in the field of adult education, focused on ways we can explore alternative perspectives in
the classroom and shared teaching techniques that encourage creative &
critical thinking by our students. His keynote addressed was based in part from his book Teaching for Critical Thinking: Tool and Techniques to Help Students Question their Assumptions.
Below are video recordings of Stephen Brookfield's keynote presentation (slides
) and a panel presentation on incorporating creative and critical thinking in the classroom. Appearing in the panel are Beth Catlett (Women and Gender Studies), Jesus Pando (Physics)
, and Amber Settle (Computing).
About the Keynote Speaker
Since beginning his teaching career in 1970, Stephen Brookfield has worked in England, Canada, Australia, and the United States, teaching in a variety of college settings. He has written, co-written or edited seventeen books on adult learning, teaching, critical thinking, discussion methods and critical theory, six of which have won the Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education (in 1986, 1989, 1996, 2005, 2011 and 2012). He also won the 1986 Imogene Okes Award for Outstanding Research in Adult Education (AAACE) and the Philip E. Frandson Award for Literature in Continuing Higher Education, (2013) awarded by the University Professional Continuing Education Association, (UPCEA). His work has been translated into German, Korean, Finnish, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Farsi, and Albanian. In 1991, he was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree from the University System of New Hampshire for his contributions to understanding adult learning. In 2001, he received the Leadership Award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education(ACHE) for "extraordinary contributions to the general field of continuing education on a national and international level." In 2008 he was awarded the Morris T. Keeton Award of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning for "significant contributions to the field of adult and experiential learning."