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ERIC Number: EJ890029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Analyzing the News: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in a Writing Intensive Social Problems Course
Malcom, Nancy L.
Teaching Sociology, v34 n2 p143-149 Apr 2006
This paper outlines a project that provides a framework for engaging students in current events in such a way that they develop and improve critical sociological thinking through regular and structured writing assignments. Though this paper describes a news-analysis project that is similar to many that have been used in sociology classrooms both in the past and present, its focus on developing critical thinking skills offers a new twist on an old concept. In addition to providing suggestions and a basic strategy for easily and efficiently implementing a news-analysis project, this paper highlights the use of a "point of divergence" for pushing students to think even more deeply about the relationship between sociological ideas and the world in which people live.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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