ERIC Number: ED369655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in Biology.
Allen, Robert D.; Stroup, David J.
Currently, the biological sciences' arsenal of information and knowledge is increasing at such a rate that teachers cannot expect or be expected to teach all the "facts" that are known. Instead many are suggesting that teachers should help students to develop an ability to use and apply fundamental concepts in a critical and analytical way. To help teachers fulfill this goal, this document provides a discussion of why critical thinking should be taught, instructional strategies, and discussions of what is effective practices, how to implement critical thinking, what difficulties students and instructors may face, and what thinking skills are emphasized on standardized tests. Contains 20 references. (ZWH)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Critical Thinking, Educational Strategies, Science Activities, Science Curriculum, Science Instruction, Science Process Skills, Scientific Concepts, Secondary Education, Secondary School Science, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills
National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, #19, Reston, VA 22090 ($15 for members, $20 for non-members, plus shipping and handling; quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Biology Teachers, Reston, VA.