ERIC Number: ED335310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Order Thinking: "Problem Solving/Decision Making." A Module for Staff Development.
Dee, Margaret S.; Barkley, William W.
A frequent criticism of education in the United States today is that teachers are not challenging and teaching students to think beyond the simple task of recalling information. In response to this criticism, during the school year of 1986-1987, the Delaware Department of Public Instruction and local school districts provided a staff development program in the elements of effective instruction to every teacher, specialist, and building-level administrator. The department also established a task force which recommended a state-wide development program for enhancing higher order thinking for all students, at all grade levels, and in all content areas. This training module is part of that program. Objectives stipulate that by the end of the workshop participants will: (1) know the steps in creative problem solving; (2) participate in brainstorming and SCAMPER (Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to other uses, Eliminate/Elaborate, Reverse/Rearrange), two idea finding techniques used in problem solving and decision making; and (3) be able to identify teacher behaviors that promote problem solving/decision making and those that hinder it. Materials contained in the packet are a series of handouts and transparencies related to the objectives for use in the workshop sessions. (LL)
Descriptors: Brainstorming, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Divergent Thinking, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Modules, Participative Decision Making, Problem Solving, School Districts, Staff Development, State Departments of Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Workshops, Thinking Skills
Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records, Hall of Records, P.O. box 1401, Dover, DE 19903 (microfiche copy).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Delaware State Dept. of Public Instruction, Dover.
Note: For related document, se SP 033 158.