ERIC Number: ED314785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jan
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Using the Mass Media to Teach Critical Thinking Skills to High School Students.
Sykes, Sussanne A.
A unit to remediate and teach critical thinking skills was designed and implemented for a class of 24 average ninth graders in a small public high school. The unit's aims were to make available teaching materials and strategies using the mass media as a vehicle, thus providing readily available resources and tools to aid in the teaching of five basic skills. There are currently no set, state-adopted materials designed to facilitate the teaching of these skills. The unit utilized three forms of mass media--magazines, newspapers, television--to serve as teaching aids for teaching critical thinking skills: drawing conclusions, determining stated main idea, recognizing implied main idea, differentiating fact from opinion, and understanding cause and effect relationships. The results showed improvement in four of the above five skills addressed. The fifth skill went unaffected. Two skills were drastically improved. (An appendix of data is attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.