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ERIC Number: ED139720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Developing Decision-Making Skills. 47th Yearbook, 1977.
Kurfman, Dana G., Ed.
This 47th Yearbook of the National Council for the Social Studies is intended to help elementary and secondary teachers improve students' capacities for making good decisions. Both background readings and learning exercises for teachers and activities which can be used in the classroom with students are provided. Chapter one discusses decision making in terms of purpose, showing how the decision-making process incorporates thinking, information gathering, group process, and social-action skills. It also highlights the need to develop the affective characteristics necessary in decision making and examines some of the curricular and instructional implications of the process. Chapter two elaborates on thinking skills, such as conceptualizing, generalizing, applying, and evaluating. Chapter three shows how students can acquire information by asking questions, using maps and graphs, and making direct observations. Reading skills are dealt with in Chapter four. Chapter five treats decision making as a process skill in small groups. Chapters six and seven provide models for teaching decision-making skills in elementary and secondary classes. Chapter eight discusses evaluation methods and contains numerous suggestions for the formal and informal evaluation of decision-making skills. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Decision Making Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Group Dynamics, Information Retrieval, Instructional Materials, Locational Skills (Social Studies), Map Skills, Models, Problem Solving, Reading Skills, Social Action, Social Studies, Study Skills, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Skills
National Council for the Social Studies, 1515 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 101, Arlington, Virginia 22209 ($9.95 hard cover)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.