ERIC Number: ED217883
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
THINKABOUT in Wisconsin: Outcomes, Implementation, and Implications.
Webb, Norman L.
THINKABOUT, an ITV series for grades 5 and 6 designed to teach thinking skills, has been used in Wisconsin since 1979. The purposes of this study, conducted in spring 1981, were to identify teacher and student outcomes from using the series, ways of helping teachers to better implement THINKABOUT, means of expanding the use of THINKABOUT, and implications for the support and production of other ITV series. Fifty-eight teachers from a sample of teachers who used the series and who volunteered to be a part of the study completed a questionnaire. In addition, from each of six classes using THINKABOUT and two classes not using the series, three groups of four students each were observed as the groups worked together on four problems. The interactions among the students were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed. THINKABOUT was well received by teachers and students. There was evidence that the series was successfully related to strengthening self-expression and facets of managing one's own learning and flexible thinking. Although thinking skills were not observed being used regularly in all groups using the series, their use appeared to be related to the time spent with follow-up classroom activities. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Educational Communications Board, Madison.