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John F. Barell

Barell, John

John Barell is Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Teaching at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, and former public school teacher in New York City. He works with schools nationally to foster inquiry, problem-based learning, critical thinking, and reflection.

Areas of expertise
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Assessment


  • Assessment for 21st Century Capacities Students are challenged to think productively when they engage with complex, problematic situations: This seminar introduces participants to the 21st century skills of inquiry, problem solving, and critical thinking in schools and informal life settings, with emphasis on analyzing participants’ units of instruction.