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Learn to Think like a Scientist at Great Books

Written by Great Books on Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Learn to Think like a Scientist at Great Books

At Great Books Summer Program we’re celebrating our 20th year of helping students learn to think like scientists (or logicians, detectives, clear thinkers!). 

"Thinking like a scientist…means being actively open-minded. It requires searching for reasons why we might be wrong—not for reasons why we must be right—and revising our views based on what we learn," according to Dr. Adam Grant, organizational psychologist at Wharton, bestselling author, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife.

Or as Einstein said, “Education isn’t the learning of facts, it is the training of the mind to think.”

Literature is the Catalyst.
Our seminars are lively conversations led by distinguished professors and scholars. Students develop critical thinking skills by asking questions and examining information. Our Shared Inquiry method helps develop student’s critical thinking through asking questions, examining information, and using the evidence to come to a conclusion. All of these actions are the basis for the scientific method.

Expertly chosen rich texts are the jumping off point for deep discussions. We read Plato, Locke, Shelley, Woolf, Angelou, Ishiguro, Du Bois and more. Throughout, students learn how to grapple with the big ideas within each text and how to articulate their own thoughts and reactions with textual evidence. 

Great Books is ungraded. Curiosity abounds and discovery is the reward.  At Great Books, students experience the joy of taking the intellectual risks that drive growth.

“If you can embrace the joy of being wrong, then you get to anchor your identity more in being someone who’s eager to discover new things, than someone who already knows everything” ―Adam Grant, Ph.D.

Or as Einstein said  “Education isn’t the learning of facts, it is the training of the mind to think.”

New Skills, Confidence, and Growth are the Result.
Because Great Books is ungraded, curiosity abounds. Students gain confidence as they learn to think deeply and to think on their feet.  At Great Books, students experience the joy of taking the intellectual risks that drive growth.

Forging Ahead for Future Success
Great Books is designed to help students cultivate a love not just of books and reading but of curiosity, inquiry and learning. Critical thinking is an important skill in education, as the ability to learn demands strength in thinking skills. The ability to learn requires a student to interpret and integrate new knowledge.

Critical thinking is also part of students' future professional success. Today's employers value good decision-making; the ability to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems. Great Books helps young minds achieve those goals powered by the 'science' of literary exploration.

Join Us this Summer On-Campus or Online
Learn more about all of our programs for summer 2021 . Call/text 203-612-9470 or email And, share our information with colleagues and friends with intellectually curious kids! 

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