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ERIC Number: EJ1110927
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2374-7404
Writing Shapes Thinking: Investigative Study of Preservice Teachers Reading, Writing to Learn, and Critical Thinking
Sanchez, Bernice; Lewis, Katie D.
Texas Journal of Literacy Education, v2 n1 p55-68 2014
Teacher Preparation Programs must work towards not only preparing preservice teachers to have knowledge of classroom pedagogy but also must expand preservice teachers understanding of content knowledge as well as to develop higher-order thinking which includes thinking critically. This mixed methods study examined how writing shapes thinking and how writing in the content areas can be a tool to promote both critical thinking and learning new content material. This study focused on preservice teachers and utilized structured writing assignment tasks including surveys and rubrics to assess and measure progress throughout the semester. Research questions addressed in this study: 1) Does writing in the content area help preservice teachers learn new material? 2) Does writing in the content area translate to critical thinking for preservice teachers? and 3) If writing shapes thinking, to what degree does it shape critical thinking for preservice teachers? Overall, findings indicate positive correlations between writing to learn and progress towards critical thinking.
Texas Journal of Literacy Education. Sam Houston State University, 1908 Bobby Marks Drive Box 2119, Huntsville, TX 77341. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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