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ERIC Number: EJ981950
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Inquiry into Identity: Teaching Critical Thinking through a Study of Race, Class, and Gender
Caldwell, Martha
Middle School Journal (J1), v43 n4 p6-15 Mar 2012
In Inquiry into Identity: Race, Class, and Gender (RCG), an eighth grade social studies class, the students' stories serve as springboards for higher-order learning. Through sharing personal experiences and listening to one another respectfully, students form a learning community in which deep, critical thinking naturally emerges. They gain important insights about their own identities while learning about the lives of their classmates. They make important interpersonal connections that allow them to form alliances across divisions and think creatively, rather than stereotypically, about differences. Students learn important lessons about themselves through the critical exploration of race, class, and gender. Throughout the course, they build important academic and communication skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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