Dr. Robert Swartz
Dr. Robert Swartz. Robert Swartz is Director of the National Center for Teaching Thinking, USA, with branch offices in Spain and Chile. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1963 and is an emeritus faculty member at the University of Massachusetts at Boston (retired in 2002), where he was chairman of the Philosophy Department and founded the master’s program on Critical and Creative Thinking. He has worked extensively over the past thirty years with teachers, schools, school districts, and colleges internationally in staff-development projects on restructuring curriculum and instruction by infusing critical and creative thinking into content teaching. The countries he has worked in on thinking-based projects include the USA, the UK, Spain, Chile, Israel, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, China (Hong Kong), Australia, Argentina, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Cyprus. He is the lead developer of the Thinking-Based Learning project, a multi-year project in which a large number of schools have undertaken to do a thorough infusion of critical and creative thinking into content instruction across their whole curriculum. He has been a co-presenter at conferences with David Perkins, Art Costa, Rebecca Reagan, and Carol McGuinness. His writing include a book on Teaching Thinking; Issues and Approaches, co-authored with David Perkins (1989), and a series of 5 lesson design handbooks, some of which have been translated into Arabic, on Infusing Critical and Creative Thinking into Content Instruction, published in the 1990s and early 2000s. These have been co-authored by a number of educational practitioners, K-12. His publications also include a large number of articles about teaching and assessing thinking. His most recent work, of which he is the lead author of a team of five, including Art Costa, Bena Kallick, Barry Beyer, and Rebecca Reagan, is Thinking-Based Learning, published in 2007, reprinted in 2010, and translated into Spanish in 2013. In addition, Dr. Swartz has acted as a thinking skills testing consultant with the National Assessment of Educational Progress in the USA, and, with Carol McGuinness, of Queen’s University, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as the co- author of a book on teaching thinking in the International Baccalaureat Program. He is presently a member of the organizing committee of the International Conference on Thinking (ICOT). In 2014 he delivered a series of lectures on the importance of teaching thinking throughout Spain and plans to do a similar lecture series in Chile. He is in the process of developing an on-line course on TBL in Spanish, to be followed by one in English.