ERIC Number: ED327322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Learning and Thinking Styles: Classroom Interaction. NEA School Restructuring Series.
Presseisen, Barbara Z.; And Others
The five chapters of this book discuss children's development and learning. Chapter 1, by Barbara Z. Presseisen, raises fundamental questions about schooling and learning. Chapter 2, by Robert J. Sternberg, presents a theory of intellectual styles and discusses its relevance for education. The theory concerns the ways in which people use their intelligence and is based on a notion of mental self-government. Chapter 3, by Kurt W. Fischer and Catharine C. Knight, discusses skill theory as a tool for analyzing the development of children who vary in capacity, motivation, and emotional state, and act in specific contexts. The theory shows how children can exhibit both stagelike developmental levels and wide variations in performance. Chapter 4, by Reuven Feuerstein, outlines the critical elements of the theory of structural cognitive modifiability and the role of Mediated Learning Experience (MLE) in producing the plasticity and flexibility of adaptation that human beings call intelligence. Particular attention is given to MLE and the condition of cultural deprivation. Chapter 5, by Barbara Z. Presseisen, analyzes each theorist's position, examines practical aspects of education, and offers answers to questions raised in the first chapter. Implications of the emerging paradigm change in education are presented. (RH)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), American Indians, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Style, Educational Practices, Educational Theories, Elementary Secondary Education, Epistemology, Ethnic Groups, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Individual Differences, Student Evaluation
NEA Professional Library, P.O. Box 509, West Haven, CT 06516 (Stock No. 1841-9-00, $15.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.; Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers: Cognitive Flexibility; Ethiopians; Feuerstein (Reuven); Israel; Navajo (Nation); Reflective Judgment; Yemenites