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ERIC Number: ED446269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-8
Pages: 13
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Sound Thinking with Thinkback 2000.
Lochhead, John
Thinkback is a new instructional process that uses "thinking aloud" strategies developed by Arthur Whimbey and derives its name from the technology of instant video playback. Thinkback is a generalization of techniques described in the program "Problem Solving and Comprehension," which has been used for more than 20 years. The key element of the program is Thinking Aloud Pair Problem Solving (TAPPS), a process wherein a listener asks questions that probe the problem solver's thinking. The Thinkback technique spans the gap between unstructured constructivist-style instruction and lock-step memorization drills, and it can convert a teacher-centered rote memory lesson into an intellectually challenging student-centered exploration while simultaneously maintaining specific content mastery objectives in areas such as mathematics, language arts, social studies, or science. Thinkback can also be used to add subtle structure to an open-ended creative exercise, thereby allowing students at all ability levels to benefit from the exercise. Before students begin the TAPPS process, they are presented with a model case consisting of dialogue between a problem solver and a listener. As a student gains experience, the listener's questions become increasingly probing. The process culminates in reflective thinking, the ability to listen to and follow one's own thought process. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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