ERIC Number: ED367385
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
English Computer Critical Thinking Reading and Writing Interactive Multi-Media Programs for Comparison/Contrast and Analysis.
Two computer programs were developed to enhance community college students' critical thinking skills in the areas of "Comparison and Contrast" and "Analysis." Instructors have several options in using the programs. With access to an LCD panel and an overhead projector, instructors can use the programs in the classroom, manipulating the computer themselves to either deliver a lecture or generate a class discussion. Instructors can proceed through the program in the sequence as designed, or skip around in the hypertext program based on the students' level of prerequisite skills. Another option is to use the program in a lab situation where students can work together or each individual student can progress at his/her own pace. Working alone, the student may quiz him/herself often, do as many of the exercises as he/she would like, and progress through the program linearly or jump around to areas of interest. The "Compare and Contrast" program analyzes "Lee and Grant," by Bruce Catton, while the "Analysis" program analyzes "How We Listen," by Aaron Copland. Either may be read in its entirety on the first "card" or read a few paragraphs at a time for better comprehension. Each card is an analysis of the appropriate paragraphs which explains their meaning and ties material together. Students are encouraged to create an outline of the essay. Each program includes two kinds of exercises: a simple one designed to allow students to begin successfully and a more realistic evaluation of student skills. Manuals for students and teachers are provided for both programs, with the teacher's manual providing an introduction describing various methods for implementing the programs and detailing the program's design. The student's manuals describe the programs' contents and provide information about using various program options. The student and teacher manuals for both programs are included. (MAB)
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, College English, Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Concept Formation, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development, Evaluative Thinking, Productive Thinking, Reading Skills, Skill Development, Teaching Guides, Thinking Skills, Two Year Colleges, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Sponsor: California Community Coll. Fund for Instructional Improvement.
Authoring Institution: Palomar Coll., San Marcos, CA.