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ERIC Number: EJ817707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Asking the Right Questions: Developing Thinking Skills through Wisconsin's Grade Level Foundations
Ratway, Beth
Social Education, v72 n7 p392-395 Nov-Dec 2008
In an attempt to deal with the problem of generating the thinking skills needed for the 21st century, this article discusses how a statewide of 30 teachers developed Grade Level Foundations. The core component of the Grade Level Foundations for Social Studies consists of a set of questions that are designed to stimulate higher level thinking about each social studies discipline. These questions include both "fundamental questions" and "focusing questions." For students to attain mastery of their subjects, and to develop the mindset and perspective that allow them to achieve a better overview of their subjects, they need to focus on higher level questions. These enable them better to understand the continuities and changes of history, the working of economic cycles, the constants and variables of our political system, and the structure, patterns and disruptive forces of international relations. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin