ERIC Number: ED359857
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Thinking Across the Curriculum: A Summary of FIPSE Sponsored Project #G-00841209.
Grimes, Larry E.
Between 1985 and 1988 eight colleges implemented a "Thinking Across the Curriculum" program and a procedure for assessing the impact of the program on the cognitive development and thinking skills of students. One hundred and twenty faculty members participated in the project and approximately 1,800 students studied in courses developed as part of the program. The project's two goals were to help faculty improve and enhance their ability to teach thinking in traditional content based courses already part of the school curricula and to enable students to improve and enhance their thinking and reasoning skills by concentrating on the thought processes required of them in a variety of courses. Central program components were faculty development in student cognitive development, teaching and learning styles, and strategies for teaching thought in specific disciplines. A study of the program's impact included looking at student and faculty perceptions in a random selection of 26 courses and 506 students. The results suggested that courses with class sizes as large as 30 to 40 can be effectively revised to encourage vigorous thinking. Results also suggested that all fields of study can use a cross-curriculum program in teaching thinking. Appendixes comprising 90% of the document include evaluation/assessment plans, abstracts and course syllabi, plans for institutionalization, and sample articles and newsletters. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bethany Coll., WV.; East Central Colleges.