ERIC Number: ED277704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Stimulating Critical Thinking and Discussion Formats: Research and Strategies for Educators to Ponder.
In this discussion on how teachers can encourage and develop students' abilities to think critically and creatively it is pointed out that fostering discussion in the classroom opens new avenues of thought and stimulates divergent thinking. Recommendations for helping teachers foster discussion in the classroom are: (1) making reflective statements that provide a sense of what the student has said; (2) describing a teacher state of mind (interest, conviction); (3) inviting the student to elaborate; (4) encouraging questions and waiting longer for answers; and (5) maintaining deliberate, appreciative silence until the student resumes a comment or another enters the discussion. Some illustrations are given of how a teacher may guide classroom discussion to evoke new and creative responses from students. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (67th, Houston, TX, February 15-18, 1987).