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ERIC Number: ED459702
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Pages: 54
Abstractor: N/A
Developing Higher-Order Thinking Skills through the Use of Technology.
Coleman, Connie; King, Jeff; Ruth, Mary Helen; Stary, Erin
This report describes a program, utilizing both critical and creative thinking skills, to enhance the educational process through the use of technology. The targeted population consisted of fourth grade students in a growing middle class community located in northern Illinois. The lack of higher-order thinking skills was documented through teacher-made inventories, teacher-made content area tests, and a thinking skills rubric. Data revealed that students lacked skills related to higher-order thinking, the ability to explain problem-solving strategies, and the ability to transfer knowledge to new situations. Educators consistently fail to provide explicit instruction in higher-order thinking skills and resist change in teaching practices and curriculum to include the needed instruction. Reviews of curricula and instructional strategies revealed a curricular under-emphasis on information pertaining to higher-order thinking skills. A review of solution strategies, combined with an analysis of the problem setting, resulted in the selection of one intervention: implementation of a teacher-constructed program with an increased emphasis on higher-order thinking processes. The World Wide Web-based project provided students with unlimited access to information and activities using the higher-order thinking skills of application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Post intervention data indicated an increase in student use of higher-order thinking skills. Recommendations by the researchers include making the project school-wide and having one person coordinate the program. (Contains 37 references.) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A