University professors explore research skills, critical thinking

Birzeit University’s Program of Democracy and Human Rights concluded the 2021–22 academic year with a lecture series on structured thinking and research skills that presented essential dimensions on critical and strategic thinking, and scientific research skills in social and humanitarian sciences.

The program began by hosting Dr. Asem Khalil, dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and head of the Scientific Research Committee at Birzeit University. Khalil reviewed the main principles and guidelines of developing research questions and the methodology of a thorough analysis.

The second lecture, held via Zoom, hosted Dr. Issam Nassar, academic and historian of photography in Palestine and the Middle East. Nassar touched on writing social science research in a historical perspective. Nassar went through various approaches, perspectives and theories that allow researchers to read history from different angles and resources.

Dr. Maher Al Hashweh, professor at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, was featured in the third lecture of the series. He gave a critical analysis of the key theories in the philosophy of social research.