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ERIC Number: ED370934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 20
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Promoting Student Thinking from the Practitioner's Point of View: Teachers' Attitudes toward Teaching Thinking.
Yildirim, Ali
The inability of schools to promote students' thinking is currently the subject of a great deal of attention. Teachers' point of view with regard to teaching thinking has been missing in this attention. This study was undertaken to investigate teachers' attitudes toward teaching thinking. A questionnaire was distributed to 600 public elementary and secondary school teachers in New York State. A total of 285 usable questionnaires was returned. Findings indicated that teachers feel responsible for improving student thinking in their classrooms, and they demonstrate an interest in learning more about teaching thinking. They have a positive view of their subject area in the sense that it contributes to their efforts to promote thinking in class and, in turn, it requires students to use complex thinking often. Results also suggest that pre- and inservice training in teaching thinking might have a positive influence on teachers' perceptions of their ability to control the classroom when open-ended discussion takes place. Some teachers do not perceive many teacher-related barriers to teaching thinking; however, they point to certain barriers on the students' part such as concerns about passing tests and lack of confidence in their ideas. In addition, some teachers see in students a preference for a structured way of learning and a lack of eagerness to explore new perspectives. Seven tables displaying technical data are included. Contains 8 references. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York