ERIC Number: ED290670
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov-14
Reference Count: N/A
Developing Thinking Using Databases: What's Really Involved?
Rooze, Gene E.
The goal of this paper is to examine some erroneous ideas about teaching thinking skills and the use of computer tools, especially databases. The paper reviews: (1) the importance of databases to the teaching of social studies; (2) the teacher's role in aiding students to develop and use databases; (3) the reintroduction of effective teaching strategies; and (4) what is needed to teach thinking. The value of using databases in teaching social studies is that it places students in an active as opposed to a passive role in social studies education. The student prepared database allows students to determine information to collect and to organize seemingly unrelated bits of information into meaningful categories. The teacher must guide the development of categories and search procedures if the students are going to be able to use the database effectively. Critical elements in creating an environment to teach effective thinking are effective questions, an encouraging atmosphere, and patience. The Concept Development Strategy and the Interpretation of Data Strategy are useful in the development and use of databases. The nine steps for focusing on the teaching of thinking skills are included. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; 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 (67th, Dallas, TX, November 14, 1987).