ERIC Number: ED437080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
The Student and the Community College Curriculum.
This article focuses on the cognitive development of community college students. According to the article, a student can develop higher levels of cognitive reasoning through curricular activities that include problem solving, analytic thinking, and synthesizing exercises. In problem solving, students first identify and define a problem, then select information from a variety of sources to support their theory for solving the problem. Analytic thinking exercises help the student learn to separate fact from opinion, and consider ideas like propaganda and censorship. Synthesizing the subject matter involves combining the accurate or useful information and omitting unnecessary parts. Once this is done, students can practice communicating critically by writing an opinion paper or making a persuasive presentation to the class. The author includes a section on incorporating the following philosophies into the curriculum: experimentalism, idealism, behaviorism, and existentialism. The article concludes with samples of classroom activities using alternative modes of thought such as inferences and cause-and-effect reasoning to enhance critical thinking skills. (AF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A