ERIC Number: ED352329
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Hints for Improving the Teaching of Thinking in Our Schools: A Baker's Dozen. Resource Publication, Series 1 No. 4.
Beyer, Barry K.
Thirteen guidelines are offered to teacher educators who seek to improve student thinking by improving the teaching of thinking in schools: (1) regard improved thinking as a means to an end, not the end itself; (2) be precise in the language and terms used to describe thinking; (3) recognize that the term "critical thinking" is a loaded term, with negative connotations, in some communities; (4) acknowledge that critical thinking is only one of many kinds of thinking; (5) avoid either/or approaches to the teaching of thinking; (6) recognize that helping students to become more skilled thinkers is a gradual process, not to be accomplished all at once; (7) acknowledge that the most effective thinking program is K-12 or K-16 at least; (8) be practical about strategies for implementing thinking skills instruction; (9) acknowledge the reality of the classrooms where most teaching is carried on; (10) ensure that attention to thinking is for all students rather than a chosen few; (11) reflect on one's own teaching to identify what helps novices improve their thinking; (12) become active in the world of classroom teachers and curriculum developers; and (13) work with teachers, not on them. (IAH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Montclair State Coll., Upper Montclair, NJ. Inst. for Critical Thinking.
Note: For other documents in this series, see SP 034 129-138.