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ERIC Number: ED174275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-30
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
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Teaching Thinking: The Forgotten Foundation of Education.
Campbell, Tom; And Others
Descriptions are presented of three programs whose primary purpose is to teach students to think more efficiently, that is, to develop habits of critical thinking, and to improve decision-making and problem-solving skills. One of the three programs operates at Bowling Green State University and seeks to develop skill in critical analysis by focusing on social issues (e.g., nuclear power, school and religion, and political expression) to stimulate class discussion and supplement regular written assignments. The approach is interdisciplinary and includes values clarification and development of communication skills. Another program, conducted at Piedmont Technical College, focuses on teaching students to analyze everyday problems, particularly those from their own experience. The courses provide a method of problem analysis based on seven factors: identifying the real problem, the risks, alternatives, goals, values, information needed, and constraints on action. In contrast to these two programs, the Development of Operational Reasoning Skills Program (DOORS) at Illinois Central College provides a teaching technique rather than a specialized curriculum. The technique is based on the learning theories of Piaget and others and is applied to six traditional subject-matter areas, specifically English, mathematics, physics, history, sociology, and social science. (DR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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