ERIC Number: ED363582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Students' Views of Their and Others' Thinking: Underlying Concepts Involved in Answering Divergent Questions.
This study examined whether preservice teachers can infer the major concepts that a subject uses in his or her thinking on complex problems if the subject thinks out loud. Twenty-six students in a teacher certification program, 17 college graduates with 5 years of full-time work experience, and 16 college graduates with 10 years of full-time work experience participated. They thought out loud while explaining how they would get to understand something they didn't understand and how a teacher (or trainer/workshop leader) could best help them to learn. Students and graduates reflected more agreement on such concepts as verbal, self-control, friendliness, logical, trust, and patience than they did on other concepts. Students reflected the concepts of inner states, control of environment, visual, influence of peers, and faith, while graduates reflected the concepts of handling novelty, beauty, musical/rhythmical, scientific, abstract patterns, and flexibility. Key concepts are arranged to form concept strings, in order to stimulate creative cognitive flows for development of hypotheses. A schematic is provided as a frame of reference for viewing the concepts from a variety of standpoints, such as business, social, psychological, educational, and religious. (Contains 10 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).