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ERIC Number: EJ786094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Disciplining the Mind
Mansilla, Veronica Boix; Gardner, Howard
Educational Leadership, v65 n5 p14-19 Feb 2008
Most students in most schools today study subject matter. They and their teachers conceive of the educational task as committing to memory large numbers of facts, formulas, and figures. A far more sophisticated perspective emphasizes teaching disciplines and disciplinary thinking. The goal of this approach is to instill in students the disposition to interpret the world through the distinctive ways of thinking that characterize the work of experienced disciplinarians--historians, scientists, mathematicians, and artists. Teachers can nurture the disciplined mind by helping students develop key capacities. These involve understanding the purpose of disciplinary expertise, the essential knowledge base, inquiry methods, and the preferred forms of communication. Successful strategies include identifying important topics or concepts within the discipline, studying the topic deeply, approaching the topic in a number of ways, and setting up performances of understanding.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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