ERIC Number: ED086945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jul-31
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Project ACT (A Project to Advance Critical Thinking). Project Termination Report.
The goal of this project was to develop a sequential program for the development of critical thinking skills that could be extended to all the elementary schools in the school district. The major objectives were: (1) to enhance teachers' ability to think critically, practice in their classrooms teaching strategies to develop pupils' thinking, and develop and implement a critical thinking program; and (2) to develop overt manifestations of critical thinking in pupils attending classes taught by teachers trained in the use of critical thinking and to help students score higher on tests measuring critical thinking skills than children in a comparison class where these skills were not stressed. The teachers of grades K-5 in the project school, the principal, and the staff development teacher received inservice training in procedures for developing children's thinking skills. The procedures included: the Hilda Taba Teaching Strategies program, the Building and Applying Strategies for Initial Cognitive Skills program, the teaching of critical reading skills, analyzing levels of thinking, and organizing for instruction. An analysis of evaluation data indicated that the children in the project school tended to make greater gains than the children in the comparison school. The teachers also asked more open questions and there was more classroom interaction exhibited. (WR)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: South-Western City School District, Grove City, OH.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title III