ERIC Number: ED332788
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Optimizing Student Learning: A Guide to Purposeful Thinking.
Smith, Sarah J.; Heacox, Diane G.
The purpose of this publication is to assist educators in their efforts to improve students' thinking abilities. The book identifies and describes some common components of thinking skills programs and addresses the scope and sequence of purposeful thinking. In some respects, the content of thinking is described by offering a generic organization of thinking skill components and terms which are common to many thinking skills programs. A possible list of thinking processes/skills and dispositions is provided as a starting point. Armed with some common terms and a beginning list, classroom teachers or district task force members may begin to construct a plan of action to improve student thinking. The thinking skills component and the partial list of process/skills and dispositions are intended to offer a possible point of view and a starting place. In this way, educators may begin with a common vocabulary and an overall framework to adopt, design, and evaluate both commercial and district-developed thinking skill programs. Through these actions, a consistent thinking skills curriculum may be developed and become an integral part of students' school experience. (RH)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Style, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Experience, High School Students, Junior High School Students, Metacognition, Middle Schools, Personality, Student Evaluation, Student Improvement, Thinking Skills
Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Curriculum Services Center, 70 West County Road B-2, Little Canada, MN 55117 ($8.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul.