ERIC Number: ED251919
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Improving Students' Thinking Skills. The Best of ERIC on Educational Management Number 77.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Among the 12 documents selected for this annotated bibliography of documents and journal articles in the ERIC database is an expert's argument that the brain's multipath and multimodal capacities are ignored by educators. Another writer fears that the "back-to-basics" movement may have eclipsed the prominence earlier accorded to thinking skills. One article outlines obstacles to the effective teaching of thinking skills, and suggests five steps educators can take to improve their teaching. Other entries include a list of 11 criteria that must be met to establish a classroom environment conducive to the development of thinking skills, and a discussion of short- and long-term strategies for strengthening the teaching of critical thinking. Research contributions include a survey of 278 teachers concerning their opinions and practices regarding the teaching of problem-solving skills, and a finding that brainstorming-like sessions significantly enriched biology students' ability to inquire into scientific problems. Accounts of programs include an analysis of the kinds of thinking taught in current programs and a description of a program to teach thinking skills that identifies 34 mental activities. Also included is a description of three computer programs that generate a variety of problems for students to solve as a means of developing higher-level thinking skills. (MLF)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Annotated Bibliographies, Concept Formation, Generalization, Learning Processes, Literature Reviews, Teacher Student Relationship
Publications Sales, ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, University of Oregon, 1787 Agate Street, Eugene, OR 97403 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Identifiers: Thinking Skills