ERIC Number: ED251347
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-16
Reference Count: 0
The SIMILE Model of Thinking Skill Development: Theory and Practice [and] Protocol Materials for Teaching the Concept Power: A Thinking Skills Approach Based on the SIMILE Model.
Brandhorst, Allan R.; Splittgerber, Fred
The SIMILE model for teaching thinking skills is described and protocol materials that used the model to teach the concept of power are presented. Thinking skills in the SIMILE model include imaging, dissection, conceptualization, definition, relational analysis, and analogy. When teaching thinking skills using the SIMILE model, curriculum instruction has as its major purpose the integration of experience across the iconic (picture form) and symbolic (verbal form) modalities. The best motivational set for learning thinking skills is allocentric. Under conditions of allocentricity the student is free from drives to satisfy deficiencies and accordingly is open to reflective consideration of perceptual experience. Fiction or simulations can be used to activate allocentric perception by creating a "safe" environment in which the participant can leave the pressure of the outside world behind. Two sets of protocol materials are included, one for elementary students and one for secondary students. Students read a selection and answer questions that help them analyze the concept of power from American and Japanese perspectives. (RM)
Descriptors: Concept Teaching, Convergent Thinking, Critical Thinking, Educational Theories, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluative Thinking, Individual Power, Learning Activities, Learning Motivation, Logical Thinking, Models, Political Power, Problem Solving, Skill Development, Social Studies, Student Motivation
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (64th, Washington, DC, November 15-19, 1984).