ERIC Number: ED247159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-30
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Thinking Skills Using the Concept Time.
Brandhorst, Allan; Splittgerber, Fred
A category system for organizing six thinking skills and methods for teaching these skills, using the concept of time, are provided. Representing a proposed sequential order of development, the six thinking skills are: (1) imaging--the creating of an internal mental representation of an external thing and the labeling of that representation, (2) dissection--scanning and taking note of the qualities of an object, (3) conceptualization--sorting objects into classes on the basis of common characteristics, (4) definition--identifying structural composition or the relationship of parts to a whole, (5) relational analysis--recognizing an event as part of a sequence and (6) analogy--conceptualizing relationships and becoming aware of parallels in discretely different relationships. Ten demonstration activities matched to these various thinking skills are presented for elementary social studies students. The concept of time is introduced in various ways, including student imaging of time spent at various activities during the day, dissection or noting events related to previous birthdays, conceptualization of a timeline, and definition or identification of relationships inferred from a timeline. A timeline of events in history, list of life spans of famous people in history (980 A.D. to 1980), a worksheet, and teacher's guide are provided for the final relational analysis activity. Alternative approaches and follow-up activities are included. (LH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Council for the Social Studies Southeast Regional Conference (New Orleans, LA, March 30, 1984).