Who We Are

Dr. Mark Battersby and Dr. Sharon Bailin are both noted researchers, authors, presenters, and instructors.

Mark has over 40  years of experience teaching critical thinking, including at Capilano University, the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and Stanford University, and has been invited to do workshops on critical thinking across North America. He is the founder of the British Columbia Association for Critical Thinking Research and Instruction, and also led a provincial curriculum initiative focusing on learning outcomes in higher education. Mark has written and presented extensively on the subject of critical thinking and informal logic and is the author of Is That a Fact? A Field Guide to Statistical and Scientific Information (Broadview, 2009), and, along with Sharon Bailin, Reason in the Balance: An InquiryApproach to Critical Thinking (McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2010), as well as numerous articles on critical thinking.

Sharon is Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University. She is the author of the award-winning book, Achieving Extraordinary Ends: An Essay on Creativity (Ablex, 1994) and, along with Mark Battersby, Reason in theBalance: An Inquiry Approach to Critical Thinking. She is also the author of a significant number of articles on critical thinking and creativity, and has presented on these topics internationally. Sharon currently directs a Masters Program for educators focused on critical thinking and is also a part of a major initiative to develop critical thinking for educational institutions and contexts in Canada and internationally (TC2). She is a Past President of the Philosophy of Education Society and of the Association for Informal Logic and Critical Thinking.

mailto: mbattersby@criticalinquirygroup.com