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Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula?

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Presentation made by Professor Caroline Dominguez from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), at the EDULOG 2017 International Conference (http://conferencia2017.edulog.pt/), 25th of May 2017. The current presentation is part of the “Critical Thinking Across the Higher Education Curricula – CRITHINKEDU” project, funded by the European Commission under an Erasmus+ grant.

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Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula?

  1. 1. Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? 1 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Caroline Dominguez123, Gonçalo Cruz14, Rita Payan-Carreira15, Helena Silva16, Maria M. Nascimento12 & Maria da Felicidade Morais17 1UTAD - University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal 2CIDTFF – Research Centre on Didactics and Technology in Education of Trainers, Aveiro, Portugal 3CETRAD - Centre for Transdisciplinary Development Studies, Vila Real, Portugal 4INESC TEC - Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science, Porto, Portugal 5CECAV - Animal and Veterinary Research Centre, Vila Real, Portugal 6CIIE - Centre for Research and Intervention in Education, Porto, Portugal 7CELGA - Centre for Studies of General and Applied Linguistics, Coimbra, Portugal
  2. 2. 2 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Caroline Dominguez123, Gonçalo Cruz14, Rita Payan-Carreira15, Helena Silva16, Maria M. Nascimento12 & Maria da Felicidade Morais17 1UTAD - University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal 2CIDTFF – Research Centre on Didactics and Technology in Education of Trainers, Aveiro, Portugal 3CETRAD - Centre for Transdisciplinary Development Studies, Vila Real, Portugal 4INESC TEC - Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science, Porto, Portugal 5CECAV - Animal and Veterinary Research Centre, Vila Real, Portugal 6CIIE - Centre for Research and Intervention in Education, Porto, Portugal 7CELGA - Centre for Studies of General and Applied Linguistics, Coimbra, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula?
  3. 3. 3ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? First… What is Critical Thinking (CT)?
  4. 4. 4ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? CT is not only a high quality way of thinking (skill), but also a way of being (disposition).
  5. 5. 5ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? CT is ubiquitous (apply to everyday life).
  6. 6. 6ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? CT is strongly related with decision making and problem solving.
  7. 7. 7ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? Second… Why should we invest on it?
  8. 8. 8ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? Talking about Southern Europe #1
  9. 9. 9ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? Talking about Southern Europe #2
  10. 10. 10ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? Talking about Southern Europe #3
  11. 11. 11ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? Talking about Southern Europe #4
  12. 12. 12ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? How do you imagine the future?
  13. 13. 13ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula?
  14. 14. 14ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula?
  15. 15. 15ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? How is Higher Education tackling this? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/15/robots-schools-teaching-children-redundant-testing-learn-future?CMP=fb_gu
  16. 16. 16ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? Companies find students not prepared enough for the challenges of the real world/labor market (Andrews and Higson, 2008; Jackson, 2014)
  17. 17. 17ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? Students (also) find that… (European Commission, 2013; OECD, 2015)
  18. 18. 18ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula?
  19. 19. 19ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? Our question is no longer why we should invest in CT, but how...
  20. 20. 20ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? Project Number: 2016-1-PT01-KA203- 022808 Funding: European Union Programme: Erasmus+ / KA2 Action – Strategic Partnerships Budget: 397 478,00€ Duration: 2016-2019 Coordinator: University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal Partners: Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain Universita Degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy University of Western Macedonia, Greece Technological Educational Institute of Thessaly, Greece University College Dublin, Ireland Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium UC Leuven, Belgium Siuolaikiniu Didaktiku Centras, Lithuania University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Romania
  21. 21. 21ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? #A1 Align CT learning outcomes with the current societal challenges and labor market needs.
  22. 22. 22ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? #A2 Deliver a set of educational strategies for teaching CT within different domains and disciplines.
  23. 23. 23ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? #A3 Propose quality assurance criteria for CT education across universities.
  24. 24. 24ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? #A4 Create a European network to share best practices and research on CT education.
  25. 25. 25ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? #WP1 A collection of CT skills needed in different professional sectors.
  26. 26. 26ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? #WP2 Review of CT educational practices in (Southern European) HEI.
  27. 27. 27ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? #WP3 Conception, testing and replication of CT courses across the Higher Education curricula.
  28. 28. 28ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? #WP4 Development of guidelines/recommendations for CT education in HEI.
  29. 29. #WP5 Special Issue on ‘CT education in HEI curricula for 21st century challenges’. 29ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula?
  30. 30. 30ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? #E1 The “European Day for CT education”
  31. 31. 31ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? #E2 The “European Meeting or CT education for 21st century challenges”
  32. 32. 32ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? CT in Southern European labour market 13 focus groups interviews were carried out in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece. 73 participants from 3 different professional sectors (NGO, private and public). 4 knowledge fields: Biomedicine sciences, STEM, Social sciences and Humanities. 31% 14% 46% 9% Participants by field Biomedicine Sciences STEM Social Sciences Humanities
  33. 33. 33ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? CT in Southern European labour market Which CT skills/dispositions are most important today? …have to be improved? …will be needed in a near future in your organization? Similarities and differences on CT conceptualization, operationalization and needs between different areas and/or professional sectors.
  34. 34. 34ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? CT in Southern European Higher Education Review of CT practices and interventions in Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Greek Higher Education, in order to get an insight into good examples. -> Common strategies: Peer review; Problem-based Learning; Lecture discussions (argumentation); Subject-related assignments (writing articles, reports and other assignments); Explicit explanation; Constructive controversy, debates in structured cooperative groups -> Common fields: Health, Education and Engineering. -> Scarce intervention studies and evidence are reported (assessment methodologies are slightly commented). -> Few papers link CT skills to specific practices. ALTHOUGH CT TEACHING PRACTICES ARE EMERGING IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS, THERE IS A NEED FOR R&D.
  35. 35. 35ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHERN EUROPEAN REGIONS: POLICIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION 25th and 26th May 2017, Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula? Thank you! Join us and participate in our events! See more at crithinkedu.utad.pt E-mail: crithinkedu@utad.pt Facebook: facebook.com/crithinkedu Twitter: @crithinkedu_EU Slideshare: slideshare.net/crithinkedu Youtube: bit.ly/crithinkeduyoutube

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