ERIC Number: ED419831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Why Schools Fail To Teach Thinking and the Ability To Effectively Learn and What To Do about It. (The Landamatics Solution).
The reasons people most often give for the failures of U.S. schools involve poverty, racial inequality, and a host of social problems. This paper argues that even if all these conditions were remedied, the schools would not produce many more people with the ability to think than they do today. Teachers, who are usually able to think, do not know how they do it, and so they are not able to teach students how to think. An objective method has been created to get into the minds of thinkers and find out how they are doing the thinking. It is apparent that thinking is not knowledge, rather it is what thinkers do on knowledge to transform it. Teachers, because they are not aware of their own thought processes, generally teach knowledge and practical operations. Teaching mental operations is a special instructional task that requires special methods and techniques. These are analogous to algorithms, and may be thought of as human algorithms. To make all children good students and problem solvers, it is necessary to uncover unconscious algorithmic processes of expert learners and expert problem solvers and then describe those processes and the general processes of forming them explicitly. "Landamatics" is a name given to the algorithmico-heuristic theory and method of instruction based on these principles. It is a theory and method for creating expert performers in a systematic, reliable, and relatively fast way. An example of teaching mental operations through the Landamatics method is presented, and selected principles of the theory are summarized. (Contains two tables, four figures, and six references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Landamatics International, Rego Park, NY.