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ERIC Number: ED410276
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers of Teachers: Examining Preparation for Critical Thinking.
Paul, Richard W.; And Others
In 1994 the Governor of California directed the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to conduct a study of teacher preparation programs to assess the extent to which these programs prepare candidates for teaching credentials to teach critical thinking and problem-solving skills in elementary and secondary schools. With assistance from the Center for Critical Thinking at Sonoma State University, the Commission designed an interview protocol for telephone interviews with education and subject matter faculty in public and private colleges of education. A total of 140 interviews were completed, representing a 78% response rate among those contacted for an interview. Although most said that critical thinking was a primary objective of their instruction, only 19% gave a clear explanation of what critical thinking is, and only 9% were clearly teaching for critical thinking on a typical class day. Fifty percent of those interviewed said that they explicitly distinguish critical thinking skills from traits, but only 8% provided a clear conception of the critical thinking skills they thought were most important for students to develop. Seventy-seven percent of respondents provided limited or no conception of how to reconcile content coverage with the fostering of critical thinking. Education faculty were slightly more likely to state that critical thinking is of primary importance to their instructional objectives than were Arts and Sciences faculty. An attempted analysis of exemplary practices in teaching critical thinking shows that teachers actually do not teach for critical thinking, but simply assume that they intuitively grasp its concepts and teach for it. Approaches to change this perception are suggested. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California