ERIC Number: ED493215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Developing Thinking; Developing Learning
Open University Press
It is now recognised that thinking skills, such as problem-solving, analysis, synthesis, creativity and evaluation, can be nurtured and developed, and education professionals can play a significant role in shaping the way that children learn and think. As a result, schools are being encouraged to make greater use of thinking skills in lessons and the general emphasis on cognition has developed considerably. This book offers a comprehensive introduction to thinking skills in education and provides detailed guidance on how teachers can support cognitive development in their classrooms. "Developing Thinking; Developing Learning" discusses how thinking programmes, learning activities and teachers' pedagogy in the classroom can fundamentally affect the nature of pupils' thinking, and considers the effects of the learning environment created by peers and teachers. It compares the nature, design and outcomes of established thinking programmes used in schools and also offers practical advice for teachers wishing to develop different kinds of thinking capabilities. Chapters in this book include: (1) What Do We Mean by "Thinking"?; (2) What Kind of Thinking Should We Encourage Children to Do?; (3) Thinking, Thinking Skills and Learning; (4) The Nature of Subject Specific Thinking Programmes; (5) The Nature of General Thinking Skills Programmes; (6) The Nature of Infusing Thinking; (7) Evidence of the Affectiveness of Thinking Programmes; (8) Development of Creative Thinking; (9) Development of Critical Thinking; (10) Development of Metacognition; (11) Development of Problem Solving Capability; (12) Synthesising the General from the Particular; (13) Professional Development to Support Thinking Classrooms; and (14) School Development to Support Thinking Communities.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Metacognition, Creative Thinking, Thinking Skills, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Problem Solving
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
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Audience: Students; Teachers
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