ERIC Number: ED170190
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Teacher's Guide for the Basic Competencies in Reasoning.
Vermont State Dept. of Education, Montpelier.
This guide defines the basic competencies in reasoning and describes how to incorporate them into the educational program at all grade levels. Reasoning is the ability to approach day-to-day problems with intelligent decision-making skills. It is important for students to begin developing reasoning skills at an early age and in all subject areas. The four competencies emphasized in this guide are problem solving, classifying and organizing, judging, and researching. For each competency the guide presents sample teaching strategies and mastery-level activities at primary, middle, and upper-grade levels. For example, one of the competencies of problem solving is the ability to observe and report data from an experience. A teaching strategy for primary classes could involve scheduling a short surprise visit by another teacher and then asking students to describe the visitor's clothing and actions. A mastery-level activity for primary grades could involve students in describing the rates at which marbles fall through substances such as water, honey, and shampoo. Teaching strategies and mastery-level activities for upper-grade students involve interpretation of data from tables and graphs, use of print resources for research projects, and identification of comparative data from advertisements. (AV)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Classification, Critical Thinking, Decision Making, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Knowledge Level, Learning Activities, Problem Solving, Productive Thinking, Research Skills, Skill Development, Student Characteristics, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Vermont State Dept. of Education, Montpelier.
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