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How Can I Teach Critical Reflection in STEM Courses?

How Can I Teach Critical Reflection in STEM Courses?

Teaching critical reflection skills in STEM courses helps develop professionals who can think, analyze, reason, solve problems creatively, and communicate.  While some may be hesitant about teaching these skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses, that’s where students and society can reap multiple benefits from critical reflection. Learn how to incorporate these skills in your STEM courses.

Incorporate critical reflection in your STEM course

Now more than ever the world need scientific discovery and technological innovation to address the significant challenges we face.

Finding solutions to these problems will take more than technical expertise.  It also requires professionals who can think, analyze, reason, solve problems creatively, and communicate.

While some may be hesitant about teaching these skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, that’s where students and society can reap multiple benefits from critical reflection.

Learn how you can help tomorrow’s professionals acquire these essential skills in How Can I Teach Critical Reflection in STEM Courses?, a Magna 20-Minute Mentor.

Develop essential skills
Critical thinking is one of the most important learning outcomes of a college education, and you’ll find out how to develop it through critical reflection in this video presentation with Barbara Jacoby, Ph.D. 

A widely published author, award-winning scholar, and faculty associate for leadership and service-learning at the University of Maryland, Jacoby will show you how critical reflection can enrich STEM courses.

  • Discover how assessment of critical reflection transcends “touchy feely” journaling and embraces academic rigor and course learning outcomes. 
  • Explore different types of critical reflection and review key steps in facilitating the process.  
  • See how teaching critical reflection encourages civic engagement.


Learning goals
After viewing, you’ll be able to:

  • Define critical reflection
  • Identify learning outcomes
  • Link course content to critical reflection
  • Use appropriate techniques to engage students in critical reflection
  • Assess and grade student learning

We include a a step-by-step worksheet to help you implement and facilitate critical reflection in STEM classes, along with sample documents, checklists, and other resources to help you integrate critical reflection across disciplines.

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All students can benefit from learning how to analyze, reconsider, and question their experience within a disciplined context.

Consider purchasing a Campus Access License so you can share this material with colleagues through your internal campus website.

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