ERIC Number: ED373907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Improving Critical Thinking Skills in Second Graders through Instruction and Teacher-Led Discussion Groups.
Tillman, Yvonne R.
This practicum was designed to address the problem of a class of 23 second-graders who were unable to make judgments and support opinions at all levels of Bloom's taxonomy. The goals of the practicum were to design and implement a Critical Thinking Skills (CTS) program that taught students to make judgments and support opinions, and that encouraged students to think about and react to literature. To attain these goals, pre- and posttests were developed and administered to assess students' critical thinking skills. Twelve critical thinking lessons were developed and administered to the class. These lessons included reading and writing activities, small- and large-group discussions, and self-selection of books. As a result of the practicum, 14 of the 23 students were able to make judgments, 18 of the 23 students were able to support their opinions, and all 23 students were able to demonstrate at least one CTS. (Four appendices contain a CTS inventory, a CTS student behavior checklist, a making judgements test, and a supporting opinions test. Contains 19 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova Southeastern University.