ERIC Number: ED420355
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Creating Active Learning with Examples Drawn from the Social Sciences. Strategies & Solutions 2.
This document examines the intricate web of active learning strategies, focusing on how to make the student an active thinker through specific writing and speaking activities. The introduction sets the learning and teaching context for the following chapters. It establishes the importance of a positive classroom climate and of engaging student interest at the beginning of the course. Chapter 1, "Fostering Critical Thinking through Writing and Speaking Strategies," examines the importance of teaching students to think well and defines the process in which this can be achieved. Chapter 2, "Critical Thinking in the Social Sciences," provides a discipline-based definition of the critical thinking abilities and skills in the social sciences, examining the habits of the mind. Chapter 3, "Writing in the Disciplines: Fostering Critical Thinking," contains 86 activities for students, including writing assignments and tests. Chapter 4, "Spoken Thought: Collaborative, Cooperative Learning and Socratic Exchanges," contains examples of how to use speaking in active learning strategies. Chapter 5, "The Critical Thinking Process: Writing and Speaking To Make Thinking Explicit across the Curriculum," provides learning activities. Chapter 6, "Classroom Assessment: Thinking about Thinking, Teaching, and Learning," points out the importance of assessment and feedback for both students and teachers. (Contains 31 references.) (YKH)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Cognitive Processes, Community Colleges, Critical Thinking, Educational Strategies, Experiential Learning, Learning Activities, Learning Modules, Learning Strategies, Program Evaluation, Social Sciences, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills, Two Year Colleges
Community College Press, American Association of Community Colleges, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036; phone: 202-728-0200; www.aacc.nche.edu
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.