ERIC Number: ED322009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Thinking Processes Model: Effect on Logical Reasoning Abilities of Students in Grade Six through Twelve.
Bitner, Betty L.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of an eclectic thinking processes model on the logical reasoning abilities of students in grades six through twelve. The experimental school consisted of 159 students whereas the control school had 111 students. The Group Assessment of Logical Thinking (GALT) was administered to the sample as a post-test. The thinking processes model incorporated logical, critical, and creative thinking skills. Teachers in the experimental school were presented with the model during workshops during the summers of 1986 and 1987. These teachers were encouraged to infuse the thinking processes into the mandated curricula during the 1986-1987 school term and were expected to do so in the fall of 1987. The control district neither participated in the two summer workshops nor were expected to infuse thinking processes into the mandated curricula. For both the experimental and the control school, correlational reasoning followed by probabilistic reasoning was the most difficult. The experimental school performed significantly higher than the control in controlling variables, correlational reasoning, and the total GALT score. Classification of the students according to reasoning levels revealed that only 3% of the total sample performed at the formal operational reasoning level. The significant differences favoring the experimental school seemed to indicate that the eclectic thinking processes model was effective. (CW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (63rd, Atlanta, GA, April 8-11, 1990).