ERIC Number: ED306924
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Project THISTLE: Thinking Skills in Teaching and Learning. A Review of a Nine-Year College-School Collaboration Program.
Oxman, Wendy; Michelli, Nicholas M.
This report describes Project THISTLE: Thinking Skills in Teaching and Learning, a collaborative college-school program developed by Montclair State College and the Newark public schools, New Jersey. It was designed to improve the basic skills of college bound urban high school students working with their teachers in an integrated process of curriculum and staff development. Its major emphasis is on the preparation of classroom teachers to strengthen the critical thinking abilities of their students, helping them develop the skills and dispositions to engage in intellectually active, constructive, and reflective encounters with ideas within the content areas. It was first implemented in 1979 and has been in continuous operation since then, involving more than 300 Newark teachers. The basic structure of the project involves Newark teachers in three overlapping but sequential curriculum/staff development phases: (1) graduate course work to improve their own understanding of the learning process; (2) additional related coursework; and (3) extended professional development activities. Studies and evaluations of this project show that it has been effective in improving student abilities in reading comprehension. There has been continuing interest in the program by Newark and its teachers. Copies of Project THISTLE newsletters are appended along with copies of related journal articles. Contains 24 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Noyes Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.; New Jersey State Board of Higher Education, Trenton.; Prudential Foundation, Newark, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Montclair State Coll., Upper Montclair, NJ.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey (Newark)