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ERIC Number: ED328345
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 12
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Thinking and the Teaching of Thinking for Children.
Feng, Jianhua
Changes in the world make it urgent to give serious, conscientious and systematic attention to teaching thinking skills to children throughout the school curriculum, across all grade levels, and in all subjects. The nature of thinking is discussed in terms of its key components--cognitive operations, certain kinds of knowledge, and certain attitudes and dispositions. Other characteristics--purpose, development, modalities, context, and environment are considered next, as are various perspectives--particularly the constructivist perspective. All of this information provides background for the final consideration, namely, strategies which have been suggested by various experts to enhance the development of thinking skills among children. Teaching strategies include placing the cognitive demand on the child; drawing the child's attention to a discrepancy, contradiction, or inconsistency; and involving the child in mental activity that requires going beyond the obvious concrete event. It has also been suggested that teachers should encourage students to interact with each other--to generate cognitive demands on their fellow students. (BB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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