ERIC Number: ED303933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Developing a Long-Range Program To Improve Higher-Level Thinking Skills in Hillsborough County Schools.
Duval, Eilen; Whitlock, Earl
Florida Educational Research Council Research Bulletin, v20 n1 Sum 1987
A project to improve higher level thinking skills of elementary students in Hillsborough County, Florida is reported as a feature article (66p). An introductory overview chapter reviews the literature on teaching thinking skills. Chapter 1 provides background information on the community and the two schools selected for the practicum. The second chapter documents the problem and reports on efforts of the Academically Gifted Program to train teachers of the gifted in higher level questioning skills. Chapter 3 identifies terminal objectives of the study (i.e. improve the percentage of higher level questions asked by teachers). The fourth chapter reviews the implementation plan including meetings with teachers, brainstorming using the Delphi technique, use of a video-based staff development program, development of school goals by each school's study team, and conducting a summer seminar on thinking skills. Evaluation results showed all project objectives were met. The final chapter looks at future directions. Appended are the observation system used for the evaluation phase, teacher and administrator self-reflection checklists, suggestions for extending students' thinking based on Benjamin Bloom's model, and suggestions for improved questioning by teachers. Also included in this bulletin issue are two very brief contributions by John Pollman on the related topic of critical thinking: "Can Critical Thinking Be Taught in a Vacuum?" (4p.) and "Critical Thinking Instruments: Instruments of Plenty or Plenty of Instruments?" (5p.). (DB) critical thinking instruments. (DB)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Elementary Education, Gifted, Inservice Teacher Education, Logical Thinking, Questioning Techniques, Teacher Participation, Teaching Skills
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Educational Research and Development Council, Inc., Sanibel.