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ERIC Number: ED405023
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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The Costs and Benefits of Critical Thinking.
Osborne, Randall E.; And Others
In an effort to foster group work, encourage critical thinking, and assist students in understanding the costs and benefits of being a critical thinker, a classroom activity was developed for use in an introductory psychology course. In the activity, students are divided into groups and presented with a taxonomy of cognitive objectives, emphasizing the importance of such concepts as knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Next, a fictitious case history of criminal behavior and related explanatory information is introduced to the groups. Using play money, groups purchase additional information to explain the behavior. At the end of the allotted time, groups make brief presentations to the class on their conclusions. A panel of judges consisting of volunteer students from other classes rates the groups' analyses based on the cognitive objectives. Students earn assignment points based on money left over and the judges' ratings. Since students are earning assignment points just for trying, the activity is a non-threatening way to encourage them to use their critical thinking skills, to draw connections between pieces of information, and to use their lecture notes and textbooks as supplemental resources. The educational objectives and sample information for purchase are appended. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A