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ERIC Number: EJ906590
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1935-3308
Intentional Mental Processing: Student Thinking as a Habit of Mind
Wiersema, Janice A.; Licklider, Barbara L.
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v3 n2 p117-127 2009
Most college students do not habitually do the deep thinking that will allow them to take their learning beyond the acquisition of knowledge. This paper examines the findings from a phenomenological study of 8 students involved in an interdisciplinary community focused on developing responsible, life-long learners and effective team members. Students identified both the myriad ways the learning opportunities had been structured to engage them in thinking and the impacts of the resultant deep reflection on their learning. The data reveal, because of educators doing more asking than telling, students learned to ask and answer challenging questions on their own, thus developing intentional mental processing as a habit of mind.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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