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ERIC Number: EJ874023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1076-2175
Lift the Ceiling: Increase Rigor with Critical Thinking Skills
McCollister, Karen; Sayler, Micheal F.
Gifted Child Today, v33 n1 p41-47 Win 2010
The optimal school learning environment for gifted students is one where scholastic rigor is the standard. This rigor is needed both to stimulate the students intellectually and enhance their academic growth. The integration of critical thinking skills into the daily content and lessons is essential for achieving this rigor. This infusion, along with also taking into account student interest, readiness, and learning styles, provides the foundation and walls for raising the ceiling of students' scholastic growth and intellectual stimulation. Infusing good critical thinking activities in the classroom also helps the brightest students on the normal developmental trajectory as they interrelate ideas within and among the disciplines leading to increased academic rigor and greater depth of understanding for them. Critical thinking enhances academic growth; the more it is integrated into content instruction, the more students will analyze the concepts they are learning. This article discusses four useful ways to integrate critical thinking into the curriculum. These include: (1) the inclusion of problem solving; (2) asking questions that require critical analysis; (3) evaluating sources; and (4) decision making. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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