ERIC Number: ED324305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul-7
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Integrating Critical Thinking and Creative Thinking in the Cooperative Learning Model: Implications for Addressing the Frame of Reference for These Two Distinct Processes.
According to the literature on cognitive style, of utmost importance to critical thinking is the organization of segments of information into a comprehensive whole. Creative thinking is a process in which a person becomes aware of a problem or difficulty, searches for possible solutions from past experience, and evaluates, modifies, and tests possible solutions. A description is given of a course in critical thinking given to 15 public school teachers. The teachers were introduced to theory and research in critical thinking, and they engaged in the process of embedding critical thinking skills in their content areas. In a cooperative learning situation, the class gained experience in reaching group consensus around the nature of the problem under investigation. Lectures on the nature and composition of creative thinking emphasized that the creative individual is able to return to the same problem and review it each time from different perspectives. Assignments were given to the class, in which the teachers were required to develop a critical thinking curriculum for their grade level that showed knowledge of learning styles and the influence of creativity on thinking. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Cooperative Learning (Baltimore, MD, July 7, 1990).