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ERIC Number: EJ1052052
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1307-9298
Justifying the Design and Selection of Literacy and Thinking Tools
Whitehead, David
International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, v1 n1 p34-51 Oct 2008
Criteria for the design and selection of literacy and thinking tools that allow educators to justify what they do are described within a wider framework of learning theory and research into best practice. Based on a meta-analysis of best practice, results from a three year project designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a secondary school literacy initiative in New Zealand, together with recent research from cognitive and neuro-psychologists, it is argued that the design and selection of literacy and thinking tools used in elementary schools should be consistent with (i) teaching focused (ii) learner focused, (iii) thought linked (iv) neurologically consistent, (v) subject specific, (vi) text linked, (vii) developmentally appropriate, and (viii) assessment linked criteria.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A