Monday, December 12, 2016
4:00–7:00 p.m.


Angello Alumni House

Preparing Our Future Helping Professionals to Become Critical Thinkers

About the Presenter

Patrick Finn, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Georgia. He has published articles on stuttering and science/pseudoscience. His current research focuses on critical thinking and its application to evidence-based practice. He is chair of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) Task Force on Critical Thinking as a Knowledge and Skill for Professional Practice.

About the Presentation

Critical thinking is increasingly recognized as an essential knowledge and skill for communication sciences and disorders. Yet our pedagogical literature has provided minimal guidance on how instructors can help students to understand what “critical thinking” means or how it might contribute to their professional lives. Therefore, the purpose of this seminar is to provide guidelines on how instructors might teach future practitioners to become critical thinkers. The main topics address an instructional definition of critical thinking, the basic knowledge and skills that compose critical thinking, and teaching strategies for helping students to learn these basics. The seminar will conclude with a brief look at the evidence that suggests critical thinking can be measured and learned.

Learning Outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the rationale and components of an instructional definition of critical thinking.
  2. Explain why critical thinking is an important professional competency.
  3. Describe the components of critical thinking and strategies for teaching it.


There is no fee for this event but advance registration is required.

To register: Please email Jill Whishny at

Adelphi University is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. This event is eligible for .30 ASHA continuing education units in Intermediate/Professional Education.


4:00 p.m.–4:10 p.m. Background and overview
4:10 p.m.–4:20 p.m. Audience participation
4:20 p.m.–4:35 p.m. Critical thinking: Instructional definition
4:35 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Audience participation 
5:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Importance for students
5:15 p.m.–5:45 p.m. Critical thinking skills: What and how
5:45 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Break
6:00 p.m.–6:10 p.m. Audience survey
6:20 p.m.–6:35 p.m. Thinking dispositions: What and how
6:35 p.m.–6:50 p.m. Cognitive biases: What and how
6:50 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Summary & Questions

Disclosures: The presenter was provided an honorarium for this presentation from Adelphi University. No nonfinancial relationships are present.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Reem Khamis-Dakwar
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