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Critical Thinking


Critical Thinking



AGE OF ANXIETY

Anxiety. It's being called the disease of the 21st century. Everybody is either afflicted - or knows someone who is. According to the World Health Organization, disorders related to dread are the most prevalent mental illness on the globe at the moment.

Some of us shriek at spiders, others have panic attacks that flare up out of nowhere and mimic the symptoms of heart failure, still others worry excessively about everything and nothing - violent crime, cancer, black bears, tornadoes.

Is anxiety a disease of modernity? Or is our highly competitive and material culture itself undermining our nerves? The Age of Anxiety examines what anxiety is, and how and why it is being re-defined by the medical and pharmaceutical industries.

In 2013, a new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the psychiatrist's treatment "bible," will be released with revised definitions of anxiety crafted by researchers - often with ties to drug companies. As the DSM expands the definitions of anxiety, more and more people will meet the threshold of an anxiety disorder. Pharmaceutical companies have a great deal at stake as more patients will look to pills for treatment.

The Age of Anxiety investigates the role that pharmaceutical companies, and even the psychiatric profession, play in this phenomenon. Is our anxiety fueling an industry that in turn is profiting from and exploiting our dread in a vicious and self-perpetuating cycle?


DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2012 / (Grades 10-12, Adult Education, Post Secondary) / 45 minutes

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CHANGING YOUR MIND

This program is a fascinating follow-up to the recent bestselling documentary, The Brain That Changes Itself. Once again, Toronto psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Norman Doidge showcases some very compelling neurological cases to illustrate how the changing brain plays an important role in treating mental diseases and disorders. This time he explores the latest research that offers hope to those suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and even schizophrenia.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2010 / (Grades 9-12, Adult Education, Post Secondary) / Approx. 44 minutes

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CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM-SOLVING

By defining critical thinking and examining how it's applied to the process of problem -solving, this two -section program will show viewers how to handle whatever challenges come their way. An in -class discussion segment on critical thinking explains how to rationally assess a statement and express disagreement, while a similar segment on problem -solving considers what to do when preparing for what appears to be an overwhelmingly tough exam.

DVD / 2009 / 10 minutes

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ART OF CRITICAL DECISION MAKING

By Michael A. Roberto

The ability to make wise, educated decisions is essential to living a successful and fulfilled life.

  • When is the right time for your company to change its business model?
  • Is moving across the country for a new job the best option for you and your family?
  • At what point do you roll out a new product or service currently being tested?
  • Should you sell your house now, or wait until the housing market improves?

    Whether simple or complex, private or public, decisions are an essential part of your life. Not only do decisions affect your own life for good or ill, they can also affect the lives of your friends, your family, and your community.

    But making a good decision and avoiding a horrible one is not a chance act. It's a skill-one that can be learned, honed, and perfected. Mastering the art of critical decision making is the key to improving your life at home, at work, or in your community. When you understand the necessary components of a smart decision, you can examine mistakes you might have made in the past and sidestep potential mistakes in the future. And when you know the underlying psychological, social, and emotional components that influence decision making-whether they are your own decisions or the decisions of others-you can make sounder choices that produce better results.


    4 DVDs / 2009 / 720 minutes

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    CRITICAL THINKING: ASSUMPTIONS

    This programme starts with a number of accessible examples to illustrate what we mean by assumptions, how we find them and use the negative test, and how finding them can help to illuminate arguments. Students are then asked to test their critical thinking skills by looking for the assumptions in a location based film and studio discussion on the rise in binge drinking amongst girls. Finally, Dr. Roy van den Brink Budgen gives his analysis of the case study and provides follow up support material.

    DVD / 2009 / 20 minutes

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    CRITICAL THINKING: CREDIBILITY

    This programmes begins with an exploration of the concept of credibility and illustrates the key criteria of motive, bias, vested interest, neutrality, ability to perceive and expertise. A reconstruction of a famous murder case from the 1920s is then used to provide the material for students to evaluate the credibility of the evidence that was used. Finally, critical thinking author and former chief examiner Dr. Roy van den Brink Budgen provides his analysis of the case study and follow up support material.

    DVD / 2009 / 20 minutes

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    CRITICAL THINKING: EVIDENCE IN ARGUMENT

    This programme begins by illustrating the meaning and significance of evidence and the presentation of evidence in numbers, percentages, rates and over time. The case against zoos is used to give students the opportunity to evaluate and question how evidence is being used to support the arguments being made. Dr. Roy van den Brink Budgen then provides his analysis of the case study

    DVD / 2009 / 20 minutes

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    WHY DON'T WE NATURALLY MAKE GOOD DECISIONS?

    By Ron Howard

    Program Highlights
  • The endowment effect, the conjunction fallacy, and anchoring-natural human tendencies that lead to bad decisions, every time.
  • Why we tend to disregard probability when making a decision under uncertainty.
  • How impatience, stress, willpower and empathy influence action.

    Decision making cuts across all human activities. Yet we rarely study-much less apply-the fundamental thinking processes that should be undertaken before we make important decisions. Most of us can't stop our emotions from ultimately having more sway than our rational deliberation. Dr. Howard has spent much of his career studying this struggle between instinct and logic, and provides insights as well as practical suggestions for improving the quality of our decision making.

    Dr. Howard describes the elements of high-quality decisions: proper framing, clear alternatives, appropriate information, considered preferences, and the logic necessary for an uncertain world. By understanding the critical distinction between decisions and outcomes, and using effective decision analysis tools, we can increase our clarity of action in the personal and professional decisions that shape our lives and organizations.

    Dr. Ron Howard is a professor of management science and engineering and is also a professor by courtesy in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, where he was one of the founders of decision analysis as an academic discipline.


    DVD / 2007 / 49 minutes

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    TEACHING MEDIA LITERACY - ASKING QUESTIONS

    This program explains how to teach media literacy through the application of three basic facts and five key analytical questions that can be applied to any media message. This simple and highly effective approach is reinforced by insights and observations provided by important figures in the media literacy movement, including Elizabeth Thoman, Tessa Jolls, and Jeff Share, of the Center for Media Literacy. Fight passive consumerism and promote critical thinking with Teaching Media Literacy.

    Note: Only available in the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia and Japan

    Review
  • "A good starting point for discussing media literacy. Recommended." - Educational Media Reviews Online

    DVD / 2006 / 31 minutes

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    PHILOSOPHY FOR CHILDREN: THINKING TOGETHER

    In a philosophy-for-children session, a teacher uses a story, picture, news item, or piece of music to stimulate critical thinking and imagination. Children are encouraged to express themselves, to challenge what is being said, and to ask questions that intrigue them. This program explores the concept and supporting methodology of P4C at Gallions Primary School in East London, where such sessions have had a strikingly positive impact on children's intellectual, emotional, and social development. "It's changed the way I teach, it's changed the way the children are, it's changed the way the school is run. I think we owe it to the children to run philosophical enquiry," says Lisa Naylor, an advanced skills teacher at Gallions.

    Note: Only available in the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia and Japan.


    DVD / 2004 / 23 minutes

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    POSITIVE CRITICAL THINKING

    Students are introduced to a step-by-step program that will make them more astute when confronting the choices in their lives. They will see the process in action so that they can use it themselves.

    Learning Objectives:
    1) An overview of an eight-step process that leads to positive critical thinking will be presented.
    2) How the process applies to various situations will be shown.
    3) Students will sharpen their thinking skills


    DVD / 2004 / (Grades 6-12) / 14 minutes

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    QUESTIONING TO STIMULATE LEARNING AND THINKING (ELEMENTARY)

    With Beth Sattes & Jackie Walsh

    Questioning is the foundation of teaching and learning. This program features the QUILT model: Questioning and Understanding to Improve Learning and Thinking. Through effective questioning, student learning and achievement increases if teachers will
  • Explore techniques for questioning to promote learning and thinking.
  • Help students develop skills of inquiry and the ability to ask more questions.
  • Consider how to write questions that are purposeful and clearly focused.
  • Present questions effectively and prompt responses to enhance learning.
  • Understand the need for 'wait times.'
  • Explore ways to prompt and process student responses.
  • Observe skilled teachers in numerous classrooms successfully involve all students in the learning.

    2 DVDs (With Implementation Guide, 2 Audio CDs) / 1999 / 106 minutes

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    QUESTIONING TO STIMULATE LEARNING AND THINKING (SECONDARY)

    With Beth Sattes & Jackie Walsh

    Questioning is the foundation of teaching and learning. This program features the QUILT model: Questioning and Understanding to Improve Learning and Thinking. Through effective questioning, student learning and achievement increases if teachers will
  • Explore techniques for questioning to promote learning and thinking.
  • Help students develop skills of inquiry and the ability to ask more questions.
  • Consider how to write questions that are purposeful and clearly focused.
  • Present questions effectively and prompt responses to enhance learning.
  • Understand the need for 'wait times.'
  • Explore ways to prompt and process student responses.
  • Observe skilled teachers in numerous classrooms successfully involve all students in the learning.

    3 DVDs (With Implementation Guide, 2 Audio CDs) / 1999 / 117 minutes

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    UNRAVELLING THE MYSTERIES OF CRITICAL THINKING

    Is the message of critical thinking hard to get across to your students? This Australian-made program, produced by the team at the University of Western Sydney, clearly and comprehensively explains the processes involved in critical thinking and writing at senior high school and tertiary level, and is helpful as a trigger for teachers and lecturers to further clarify their expectations of student assignments. The program offers: an entertaining and relevant story which illustrates what is meant by 'critical thinking' and how this relates to successful essay writing, and a comprehensive support manual containing examples of learning activities and suggestions for students. This program has cross-curricula relevance, and will be an essential learning tool for all teachers - and their students.

    Please contact us for primary and secondary schools pricing.

    Note : The above titles may have some territorial restrictions. Please feel free to send us an enquiry.


    DVD / 1999 / 32 minutes

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    CRITICAL THINKING: HOW TO EVALUATE INFO & DRAW CONCLUSIONS

    Help students learn to think for themselves-a key to success in every endeavor. They'll learn to assimilate information, dig beneath the surface, and draw their own conclusions. The program covers interpretive skills such as finding the main idea, determining the relationship between cause and effect, and sorting out fact from fiction. It illustrates basic reasoning powers such as the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning and irrelevant arguments.

    DVD / 1987 / 47 minutes

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    EMOTION VS. ANALYTICS: DECISION MAKING AND THE BIASED BRAIN

    With Baba Shiv

  • How to be decisive and confident in decision making.
  • Why starting with price can lead to bad decisions.
  • How loss aversion trumps opportunity-and how to counter negative emotions.

    Is it best to be emotionless and analytical in decision making? When our goal is to be decisive, the answer is a resounding No. Instead, harnessing the power of emotions is critical. Studies of the neural underpinnings of decision making show that our brains start by evaluating options analytically. But very soon-usually based on first impressions-we create an emotional front-runner. We then continue down a path of predecisional distortion, which biases further evaluation. Rather than creating bad decisions, however, this distortion leads to more confident, committed decision making.

    This natural process works best for tradeoff conflicts: deciding between current options. It also works well for decisions involving innovation, growth and expansion. But in cases of sequential conflicts-or when the risk of danger or a bad outcome is greater-taking a more analytical approach is the better choice. Dr. Shiv describes specific techniques for gathering data, group decision making, accessing your gut feelings, and knowing when to allow the contrarians to dominate the discussion.


    DVD / 61 minutes

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    STRATEGIC THINKING SKILLS

    By Stanley K. Ridgley

    Strategic thinking is a powerful and invaluable skill, one that leads to greater chances of success in whatever professional and personal projects you're involved in. It involves setting goals, developing long-range plans, anticipating the unexpected, analyzing your environment, and even íK


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