ERIC Number: ED480266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
The Reading & Writing for Critical Thinking Project.
International Reading Association, Newark, DE.
An initiative of the Open Society Institute (OSI) and the International Reading Association (IRA), Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking (RWCT) promotes classroom teaching practices that help students learn actively, think critically, and work cooperatively. It offers an integrated program of staff development, activities for teachers of the primary grades through high schools, and educators from teacher-training centers, school inspectorates, and national ministries. RWCT focuses on methods of teaching, rather than any particular curriculum. In each country joining the RWCT network, four volunteers from the IRA are assigned to work with the in-country coordinators. RWCT seeks to align its teacher education efforts with those in existing institutions and to develop collaborative relationships between and among professional groups of several kinds: higher education; teacher centers; professional development schools; ministries of education; and the professional community. RWCT training is presented in nine courses: a framework for active learning and critical thinking; methods for promoting critical thinking; reading/writing/discussion in every discipline; further strategies for promoting critical thinking; cooperative learning; lesson planning and assessment; writing workshop: from self-expression to written arguments; creating thoughtful readers; and becoming trainers. (PM)
Descriptors: Critical Reading, Critical Thinking, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Group Activities, Partnerships in Education, Program Descriptions, Reading Instruction, Staff Development, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction, Writing Workshops
For full text: http://www.uni.edu/coe/rwct/brochure/RWCT_Brochure.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.