ERIC Number: ED445244
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Thinking about Students' Thinking. Practitioner Research Briefs, 1999-2000 Report Series.
A study was conducted at a program in rural southwest Virginia to determine whether Head Start parents and adult basic education/high school equivalency program students use critical thinking skills. More than 50 definitions of critical thinking were collected, and Bloom's Taxonomy was reviewed for background information. The teachers' manual for the GED (General Educational Development) tests also was reviewed. A journal of classroom observations and reflections was kept, and three classes were videotaped. The study found that the students were able to compare, judge, and evaluate. Critical thinking also was demonstrated as students spontaneously discussed a short story. Students were able to relate the short story plot to a real-life incident. Additional findings included that the students told the teacher how and what to teach through subtle messages. The study concluded that teachers should tape at least one class and listen to their students carefully in order to model their own critical thinking skills. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Classroom Techniques, Critical Thinking, High School Equivalency Programs, Reflective Teaching, Student Characteristics, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills
For full text: http://www.vcu.edu/aelweb/Barbara_Guthrie.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Virginia Association of Adult and Continuing Education, Charlottesville.; Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond. Div. of Adult Education Services.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Adult Educators Research Network, Dayton.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests