ERIC Number: ED206271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Using TV To Teach High Order Thinking Skills.
Biggy, M. Virginia
This paper describes the instructional design activities used to create ThinkAbout, a video series meant to teach fifth and sixth graders skills essential for learning, i.e., inquiring, analyzing, synthesizing, seeking alternatives, and creative problem solving. Two basic tenets or underpinning statements served as guidelines for the development of the series: skills, whatever they are, require constant use to keep them operative; and the more practically and realistically and the more often a skill is properly applied in a variety of contexts by the student, the more likely it will actually belong to, and be used by, him/her. Components of reasoning and thinking which formed the core of the series were organized in such clusters as "Finding Alternatives,""Estimating and Approximating,""Giving and Getting Meaning," and "Collecting Information." The clusters were further developed to permit various strategies for achieving the purpose of the cluster. After a year of use, the cumulative effect of working with the series seems to be that students are looking more carefully at the route to solutions for problems. (Author/LLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ThinkAbout (Television Series)
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Technology and Education (Washington, DC, January 28, 1981).