ERIC Number: ED391725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
Improving High School Students Critical Thinking Skills.
Fraker, Daniel M.
This report describes a program for advancing critical thinking skills in an integrated earth science geography course. The targeted population consists of high school freshmen from a growing, upper middle class, suburban community 40 miles west of Chicago. The information on these students comes from teacher observation, colleague surveys, and assessment of student work. Analysis of probable cause data reveals: (1) students are indifferent; (2) critical thinking strategies have not been developed sufficiently; (3) students do not make relationships within and between subjects; and (4) the traditional 50-minute classes cause learning to be segmented and interrupted. Student questionnaires, faculty surveys, and a review of current science curriculum document these probable causes. Solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable others, combined with an analysis of the problem setting resulted in a selection of three major interventions: (1) a change in the current 50-minute class structure; (2) a change of curriculum content; and (3) a change in instructional procedures. Tables, teacher questions, a teacher check list, and a teacher survey are included in the appendix of the research. Contains 19 references. (EH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Practicum, St. Xavier University.