ERIC Number: ED420600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Improving High School Students' Critical Thinking Skills.
DeMolli, Rebecca M.
This study addresses the inability of eleventh-grade students to critically analyze and evaluate literature used in the classroom. The study was conducted in a medium-sized rural community in northern Illinois. Sixteen teachers and 24 students participated in the study. Surveys, analysis of standardized test scores, past performance in English classes, and evaluation of writing samples were all used to document students' inabilities to critically analyze and evaluate literature. The intervention strategies included the use of graphic organizers, learning logs, and cooperative groups to focus on metacognition and thinking in relation to literature units. Post intervention data indicated that student logs, written essays, and units tests, along with small and large group discussions, are effective ways to increase students' abilities to use critical thinking skills. (EH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University IL.