Critical thinking is highly valued at Queen’s University. In many disciplines, it is considered the basics for academic writing. Coming from diverse cultural, educational, and linguistic backgrounds, international students often experience obstacles practicing critical thinking in written assignments, thus are regarded as unable to think critically. Contrary to this stereotype, this workshop explores why international students tend to project seemingly weaker critical thinking in English academic writing through a cultural perspective.
This workshop series is designed to help educators explore cultural influence in academic writing, critical thinking, and academic integrity which are topics international students identified as the most challenging in their studies. Within each session, participants will reflect on critical questions with regard to respective topic, identify teaching strategies to help students overcome associated challenges, and attend a panel Q&A component for further questions, resources, and conversations.