ERIC Number: ED325804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Critical Thinking Handbook: 4th-6th Grades. A Guide for Remodelling Lesson Plans in Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science.
Paul, Richard; And Others
This handbook, designed to help teachers of fourth through sixth grades remodel their own lesson plans, has one basic objective: to demonstrate that it is possible and practical to integrate instruction for critical thinking into the teaching of all subjects. The handbook thoroughly discusses the concept of critical thinking and the principles that underlie it and shows how critical thinking can be taught in language arts, social studies, and science. The book's first section contains eight chapters which: (1) provide an introduction to critical thinking and its importance for education as well as an introduction to lesson remodeling; (2) discuss making critical thinking intuitive by using drama, examples, and images; (3) go deeply into the question of what education for critical thinking requires of teachers; (4) explain the 35 remodeling strategies and their importance, with suggestions on how to teach for them; and (5) present 52 remodeled lessons for language arts, social studies, and science, and describe some frequently encountered flaws in textbook approaches. The handbook's second section, which contains seven chapters, compares didactic and critical views on education (including a description of common features of texts that impede critical thought), outlines the changes in curriculum required by a shift toward education for critical thought, provides practical ideas for facilitating staff development in critical thinking, presents short writings on critical thinking by teachers after a workshop on the subject, and considers the problem of defining critical thinking. The seventh chapter is an analytic glossary of key words and phrases relevant to critical thinking and education. A list of recommended readings and critical thinking resources is appended. (SR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Critical Thinking, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Innovation, Intermediate Grades, Language Arts, Learning Strategies, Lesson Plans, Science Instruction, Social Studies, Teaching Methods
Center for Critical Thinking and Moral Critique, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 ($18.00; 10-19 copies, $16.00 each; 20-49 copies, $14.00 each; 50+ copies, $9.00 each).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sonoma State Univ., Rohnert Park, CA. Center for Critical Thinking and Moral Critique.
Note: For handbooks for other grades, K through high school, see CS 010 290-292 and ED 308 481.