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ERIC Number: EJ1005650
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
Thinking Processes in Middle School Students
Matsuoka, Caryn
Educational Perspectives, v44 n1-2 p43-45 2012
As part of the author's doctoral program at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, she conducted a study to determine whether and how former sixth-grade students at Waikiki School were using the thinking processes and strategies they were taught in elementary school when they were in middle school. In order to find this out, she interviewed eight former students who had graduated from Waikiki Elementary School in the 2002-2003 school year. In analyzing the data from her interview transcripts, she discovered that the students had retained some of the p4c Hawai'i vocabulary that they had learned in elementary school. This vocabulary was an essential part of the problem-solving processes that teachers had taught in the Habits of the Mind and the p4c Hawai'i programs. These were the concepts that had helped set the groundwork for the students to become more skillful problem solvers and decision makers. An important finding of the study was that although there were times that the students used the "thinking processes" to make decisions that led to positive consequences, there were also times when they used Habits of Mind and p4c Hawai'i concepts to excuse or rationalize negative behavior.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii