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ERIC Number: EJ1003178
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
I Like Chocolate Ice Cream: A Lesson in Thinking Civics
Waterson, Robert A.
Social Education, v76 n4 p195-199 Sep 2012
In curricula that encourages philosophy as having an integral role in educational programs, students get the opportunity to wonder and speculate, in a natural state surrounded by questions. A. K. Salmon notes that when thinking becomes a part of a young child's routine, the child becomes more open and responsive to situations that require thinking critically, ultimately developing a more positive attitude towards thinking and learning. Teachers and educators should foster such thinking by creating learning environments that stimulate children's curiosity. How much more exciting and meaningful are such efforts for both teachers and students than continually drilling and practicing rote memorization of material. Students at the earliest ages need to be provided with the opportunity to think, question, and reflect. This article notes several useful resources for early elementary teachers that may help students to think democratically and to develop a philosophic method of thinking. (Contains 4 resources and 19 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A