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ERIC Number: EJ883738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1052-4800
Reciprocal Gains in Higher Order Thinking and Course Content in Teaching Students to Argue and Think Critically
Wyandotte, Annette
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v20 n4 p31-53 2009
The author examines the effectiveness of a curriculum aimed to raise awareness of prospective English teachers and writers while studying the psychological and sociological impact of language use. Action research tested whether students already knew how to argue and think critically when they came to a 200-level undergraduate course. Finding that many students did not, a systematic method for critical inquiry was developed as a teaching tool that combined elements of Paul's (1992) approach to critical thinking, Toulmin's (1958) argument model, and Nelson and Angelo's (1997) approach to higher-order thinking. Subsequently, a pre/post study conducted over two years revealed significant differences in students' written performances on a common task scored by independent readers for attributes of language awareness and critical thinking. A slight positive correlation between criteria sets was also found. (Contains 7 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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