ERIC Number: ED330119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
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The School as a Home for the Mind.
Costa, Arthur L.
For years many educators have advocated school conditions that maximize human intellectual and creative potential, yet today's schools can be intellectually depressing. After identifying and describing factors that influence teachers' attitudes and experiences in education, this document explores three school climate conditions that facilitate the intellectual growth of both teachers and students: (1) a common vision of the school as a home for the mind; (2) a view of process as content; and (3) a view of the school as a community. The first condition is examined in light of faith in human intellectual potential; the development of philosophies, policies, and practices; saying "No" to distractions; communications; and tangible support. Aspects of the second condition examined include problem solving, decision making, open communication, expanding the knowledge base, and modeling. Elements of the third condition explored are collegiality; an environment of trust, appreciation and recognition; and sharing, caring, and celebrating. Last, the overall purpose of schools to enhance student thinking is reviewed. (29 references) (CLA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking and Education Reform (10th, Rohnert Park, CA, August 5-8, 1990).