ERIC Number: ED311950
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Disciplinary versus General Competence: Coming Curricular Revolution? The Example of Teaching Thinking. Southern Association of Community, Junior, and Technical Colleges Occasional Paper, Volume 7, Number 1.
Although the nation's two-year college movement has been largely successful in providing higher education to a broad range of people, new barriers are emerging to the performance of this function. The problem is evident in the fact that increasing numbers of students neither enter nor leave the educational system with the competencies necessary for effective performance as workers, students, family members, and citizens. The solution lies with integration of content and general instruction, and stressing thinking skills across the curriculum. The process of thinking combines those conscious and unconscious mental tools and strategies used when reacting to a choice. Teaching thinking will not interfere with the amount of course content which needs to be taught, it will simply redefine and restructure the delivery of a two-year education. Rather then memorizing or ignoring complex problems, students trained in critical thinking would reflect, explore, examine, discuss, and defend their insights and mental processes. Students with the ability to think will meet the growing demand for competent communicators, thinkers and learners. (VVC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Core Curriculum, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, General Education, Instructional Innovation, Learning Processes, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Southern Association of Community, Junior, and Technical Colleges. Occasional Paper Series, Piedmont Technical College, P.O. Drawer 1467, Greenwood, SC 29648 ($3.00 per issue).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Association of Community and Junior Colleges.