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ERIC Number: EJ925877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0003-1003
An Investigation of Higher-Order Thinking Skills in Smaller Learning Community Social Studies Classrooms
Fischer, Christopher; Bol, Linda; Pribesh, Shana
American Secondary Education, v39 n2 p5-26 Spr 2011
This study investigated the extent to which higher-order thinking skills are promoted in social studies classes in high schools that are implementing smaller learning communities (SLCs). Data collection in this mixed-methods study included classroom observations and in-depth interviews. Findings indicated that higher-order thinking was rarely promoted in SLC classes. Interview data suggests several factors affecting teaching for higher-order thinking in SLC social studies classrooms. These include: high stakes testing, pacing pressures, teachers' dispositions and training, and teacher autonomy. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A