ERIC Number: ED249589
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Designing an Integrated Instructional and Assessment System for Critical Thinking Skills.
Quellmalz, Edys S.
This paper examines problems involved in designing an integrated system to teach and assess critical thinking skills in the classroom, and describes the Monitor Achievement in Pittsburgh (MAP) Critical Thinking Project, an attempt to draw upon research from diverse disciplines in developing an effective pilot project in the Pittsburgh public school system. After a brief description of the MAP project, literature is reviewed which bears on the problem of designing critical thinking programs in general, and on the form of this project in particular. Topics include (1) definitions of critical thinking, (2) analyses of critical thinking, (3) elements of cognition, and (4) critical thinking and problem solving. The MAP Critical Thinking Project's developing concept of critical thinking is then defined, followed by a discussion of the assessment component, implications of cognitive learning research for instructional design, approaches to critical thinking instruction, and the institutional context. Resources for teaching critical thinking in the classroom are reviewed, and past curriculum projects are described. The paper concludes by emphasizing the challenge of designing an integrated system for critical thinking and the need for systematic study of effective teaching strategies. (TE)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Interpretive Skills, Learning Strategies, Mastery Learning, Problem Solving, Program Design, Program Development, Reading Instruction, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: MAP Critical Thinking Project; Pittsburgh School District PA
Note: In: "Making Our Schools More Effective: Proceedings of Three State Conferences." See EA 017 101.