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ERIC Number: ED361305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 26
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Teachers' Theoretical Orientations toward Teaching Thinking.
Yildirim, Ali
The literature on teaching thinking reflects a major controversy which results from two distinctive theoretical views about the nature of thinking. One focuses on content of thinking and the other emphasizes skills involved in thinking. However, an attempt to understand practitioners' perceptions of these theories is generally absent in the literature. The purpose of this study was to investigate teachers' theoretical orientations toward teaching thinking. A survey questionnaire was administered to New York State public school teachers (N=285). Results showed that less than one-fourth of the teachers presented a clear content or skill orientation. The majority of the sample had mixed views about the two theories, indicating that neither orientation was predominant among teachers. Participants presented significant differences in their orientations toward teaching thinking based on subject area and gender. A clear skill orientation was more likely to be found among mathematics, science, and general elementary teachers, while a clear content orientation was most common among English and language arts teachers; almost all social studies teachers presented a mixed orientation toward teaching thinking; female teachers were more likely to be skill oriented than male teachers. (Contains 25 references.) (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York