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ERIC Number: ED389702
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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An Innovative Teaching Strategy: Using Critical Thinking To Give Students a Guide to the Future.
Oliver, Helen; Utermohlen, Robert
College students in a Foundations of Education class at Rust College (Mississippi), a small historically black liberal arts college, were required in 1993 and again in 1994 to develop a modified personal strategic plan using critical thinking skills. The plan had four components: a family history; a present situation; a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOTs) list; and a "scenario" for a planned future. In addition, some students added a mission statement. The components were developed over a 6-week period. Each week, the class members prepared initial drafts of a particular component of the plan for which they were allowed 2 weeks and which were not graded. Each was read and returned to the student with comments. The polished final draft was due early in the final week of the module (an 8-week session with daily classes of 90 minutes). The most committed students prepared the best papers with background material woven into the scenario; they named a future for themselves that was realistic and achievable. The results indicated that the program was a useful device for prompting the use of higher level thought processes among graduate students but possiblly beyond the experiential reach of some undergraduates. Finished products were better in 1994 than in 1993, due probably to the 1994 requirement that the plan's components be created one at a time on a weekly basis. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Rust College MS