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ERIC Number: ED356997
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the Critical Thinking Ability of Preservice Social Studies Teachers.
Sesow, F. William; And Others
University students enrolled in a social studies methods course improved their critical thinking ability by engaging in specific thinking activities and by teaching critical thinking skills lessons to secondary school students. The program utilized was called Improve Minimal Proficiencies by Activating Critical Thinking (IMPACT). Key elements of the program included a universe of 22 critical thinking skills, 10 teaching behaviors, and a lesson plan format. The 22 skills were grouped into three major categories: (1) the enabling skills of perceiving, conceiving, and seriating; (2) the process skills of analyzing, questioning, and inferring; and (3) the operations skills of logical reasoning and evaluation. The effectiveness of the IMPACT program was evaluated by giving the student teachers who applied it as well as to a non-participating control group the Cornell Critical Thinking Test, Level Z. The IMPACT group performed better than the other group on a posttest. One figure and one table are included along with 14 references. (LBG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A