ERIC Number: ED238782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Social Problems Through Critical Reasoning.
Baker, Paul J.; Anderson, Louis E.
A prospectus and practical guide, this manual shows college teachers how to help students better understand social problems by comparing sociology with two other types of social knowledge (common sense and journalism) and cultivate critical thinking skills which transcend the three types of social knowledge. Chapter 1 proposes a teaching/learning strategy which asks students to assess the logical adequacy of statements selected from common sense, journalism, and sociology. Presented are pre- and posttest data from three classes which provide tentative support for the claim that rational thinking skills can be effectively learned in a social problems course. Chapter 2 provides a comparative framework for analyzing common sense, journalism, and sociology. The third chapter contains guidelines for critical reasoning which will help students analyze the adequacy of statements about social problems. The concluding chapter describes 15 classroom exercises designed to promote critical reasoning. Provided for each exercise are concept area, teaching objective, a description of materials needed, and teaching procedure. (RM)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development, Higher Education, Journalism, Learning Activities, Social Problems, Sociology, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Illinois State Univ., Normal.
Authoring Institution: American Sociological Association, Washington, DC.