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ERIC Number: ED340710
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Pages: 9
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Teaching a Cognitive Learning Strategy: Can Teachers-in-Training Assist Middle School Students To Utilize a Matrix Technique To Form Comparisons and Contrasts?
Tompkins, Ruth Stahler
The need for developing cognitive skills in early adolescents as they move from concrete thinking to more abstract operations has been documented. College students seeking the middle school endorsement in education were trained to utilize matrices as graphic constructs of textual materials. By examining these content matrices, prepracticum teachers were instructed to show middle school students the thinking process of forming contrasts and comparisons. During a middle school practicum experience, four student teachers taught the matrix technique within their subject area classes. Assessment of practicum teachers' abilities to implement the technique was conducted by both the researcher and cooperating teachers. Using a 25-item rating scale, training and ability to instruct middle school students in the use of the matrix technique were evaluated. To assess the effectiveness of the instruction on the middle school students, a pretest/posttest was administered. Results suggest that the matrix technique did produce an effect upon the achievement of middle school students and that teacher educators can train teacher candidates to utilize such strategies for development of thinking skills. (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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