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ERIC Number: ED261311
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
What Is Good Thinking?
Baron, Jonathan
Good thinking can be placed within a descriptive framework which includes a state of doubt about what to do or believe; goal, possibilities, and evidence seeking; and evidence use. The framework is useful in describing all types of thinking, although the search process may differ in the degree of control the thinker has over his search. Examples of different types of thinking include diagnosis, hypothesis testing, reflection, insight problems, creation, prediction, decision making and planning, behavioral learning, and learning from observation. In all thinking the search process should involve the two basic principles of carrying out the search process to an optimal extent and using evidence fairly. With both principles, bias can occur in favor of too little thinking and insufficient self-criticism. Therefore the teaching of good thinking which would eliminate biases involves not only the teaching of skills, methods, facts, and habits, but also the inculcation of beliefs and goals. Ultimately, the teaching of thinking is a value-laden activity. (BL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Thinking (Cambridge, MA, August 19-23, 1984).