ERIC Number: ED358025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Integrating Levels of Critical Thinking into Writing Assignments for Introductory Psychology Students.
Willis, A. Sandra
Short analytical writing exercises were designed to develop critical thinking and writing skills; stimulate creative thinking and writing; promote learning of psychological concepts; and to assess student knowledge. Design of these assignments was based on Bloom's taxonomy of multiple levels of critical thinking: recall, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. An emphasis was placed on presenting problems and questions that assumed an understanding of the material and allowed for analysis and application to real-life situations. Content for a one-semester course in introductory psychology was divided into nine topical areas: History, Systems, and Methods; Biological Bases; Sleep; Conditioning and Learning; Memory and Intelligence; Developmental Psychology; Personality; Abnormal Behavior; and Social Psychology. During the semester, analytical exercises corresponding to these segments of material were distributed to students. Students selected two or three topics on the basis of individual interest. For each topic, students completed a two-page typed paper that integrated knowledge of concepts and research presented in class and the textbook with students' opinion and experience. Written assignments were evaluated for critical thinking content and writing skill; scores were incorporated into examination grades. The majority of students reported that the assignments helped develop their thinking skills and stimulated them intellectually. (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Washington, DC, August 14-18, 1992).