ERIC Number: ED279384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Critical Thinking Using the Scientific Process as a Model System.
A discussion is provided of an instructional technique which has been used in a lower-division biology course to identify and clearly define critical thinking skills for students, model the skills, and give students frequent feedback by describing and evaluating what they are doing. Section I considers the links between the critical thinking and scientific processes. Section II describes the critical thinking skills that are emphasized in the course; i.e., description/definition, application, deduction and inference, and induction. Section III focuses on the use of the scientific process to teach critical thinking, defining and providing examples related to scientific hypotheses and conclusions, data analysis, the interpretation of results, and the construction and evaluation of models of the phenomena under study. Section IV considers ways in which critical thinking can be fostered by exams, offering examples of objective and essay exam questions. Finally, section V explores the role of the teacher in developing critical thinking. (LAL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Santa Monica Coll., CA.