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Virtual Event

Teaching Critical Thinking and Rationality in Science and Math Courses

Total Credits: .4 Workshop CEU(s)

Event Type:
Virtual Workshop
Dr. John Eigenauer
4 Hours



This workshop provides participants with concrete tools for teaching rationality and critical thinking skills in science and mathematics courses. By the end of the workshop, participants are able to help students be more rational, deploy scientific and mathematical thinking more consistently, and recognize reasoning errors that can be corrected with scientific and mathematical reasoning. Instructors will understand rationality, the concept of mindware, detect gaps in mindware, and recognize contaminated mindware.

By the end of this workshop, participants know or will be able to:

  • Help students improve their skills with probabilistic and statistical reasoning.
  • Learn methods that enhance scientific reasoning, evidence evaluation, hypothesis formation and testing, and experimental design.
  • Learn how the concept of "mindware" applies to all disciplines in science and math and how to enhance student rationality through mindware.
  • Learn how to apply skills of argumentation to science and mathematics courses.

Plans for Audience Participation and Interaction:

Participants complete exercises designed to enhance critical thinking and rationality. These exercises range across disciplines and can be applied to a variety of undergraduate courses.

Digital Badge, Certificate, and CEUs

All workshop participants can obtain, at no additional cost:

  • A digital badge and certificate that provide a web-enabled, verifiable documentation of your professional learning experience.
  • CEUs, which are awarded by passing the post-workshop learning assessment with a score of 80% or better.


Dr. John Eigenauer's Profile

Dr. John Eigenauer Related seminars and products

Taft College

Dr. John Eigenauer is a professor of philosophy at Taft College. He holds a master’s degree in English, a master’s degree in humanities, and a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies from Syracuse University, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Syracuse University Fellowship. Dr. Eigenauer has taught philosophy, English, mathematics, computer science, physics, and Spanish. He has delivered workshops nationally and internationally on the pedagogy of critical thinking and published articles on critical thinking and rationality. His most recent article, “The Problem With the Problem of Human Rationality,” published in the International Journal of Educational Reform, was highlighted in Psychology Today. Other publications of Dr. Eigenauer’s have appeared in The Historian, The Harvard Theological ReviewHistory of Intellectual Culture, Inquiry: Critical Thinking across the Disciplines, The Rational Alternative, Thinking Skills and Creativity, Eighteenth-Century Studies, The Huntington Library QuarterlyInnovation Abstracts, and The NISOD Papers.


Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests, minus a $25 administrative fee, must be received in by November 17, 2022.  Refunds will not be given for no-shows. Registrants who have an outstanding balance and do not attend the workshop are responsible for the $25 administrative fee. Substitutions are accepted at any time prior to the workshop by submitting a written request to Kelley Berley. The individual requesting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the transfer.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images

By registering for one or more of these modules, you consent to being recorded for any purpose whatsoever, and you release NISOD and The University of Texas at Austin and their officers and representatives from any liability for infringement of any rights, and you expressively authorize and permit the use of your name, voice, and likeness and all reproductions thereof, for any purpose whatsoever, in perpetuity in any media now known or hereafter devised, without limitation and without compensation.

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