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ERIC Number: ED187383
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-11
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Teaching Critical Thought Skills to Remedial Students.
Chaffee, John
Based on the premise that traditional skill deficiencies are symptoms of a fundamental inability to reason, to use concepts, and to solve problems, a three-part remedial course was designed by the Philosophy Department at LaGuardia Community College (New York) to teach critical thinking as a basic learning skill. Part I of the course explores the interdependence of language, thought, and action through an examination of: (1) the effect that the common use of racially derogatory language has upon one's attitudes and actions toward members of another race; (2) how language is made imprecise by ambiguity, vagueness, and cliches; (3) the mistaken identification of words with things they represent (a common practice in advertising); and (4) the use of emotive language in the place of descriptive, logical wording. Part II examines, through specific examples drawn from the students' lives, what concepts are and how they function in providing organization and continuity in the human experience. Part III provides students with methods of problem analysis that can be employed in classroom, family, and social settings. Thus, by developing skills in critical thinking, students not only enhance their academic performance, but also take better control of their lives. (JP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Eastern Community College Social Science Association (Baltimore, MD, April 10-12, 1980)