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Woods, D. R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Outlines various misconceptions about problem-solving (PS) and several strategies to improve intellectual skills and strategies. Also describes the Covington Productive Thinking Program (designed to help develop PS skills) and several lesson problem sets from this series of 15 books. (JN)
Descriptors: College Science, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Intellectual Development
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Woods, D. R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1984
Reviews articles and books which focus on topics and strategies related to problem-solving. Also describes the Kepner-Tregoe industrial training program. This program contains many problem-solving ideas and strategies appropriate for the college level. (JN)
Descriptors: College Science, Higher Education, Problem Solving, Resource Materials
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Chenier, Philip J.; Jenson, Todd M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1982
Study aids have been developed in a format allowing students to assimilate partial answers slowly, without consulting the whole answer. Discusses rationale and advantages of using the aids and provides three examples demonstrating logical thinking required to solve short-answer problem and use in multistep mechanistic or synthetic problems.…
Descriptors: College Science, Course Descriptions, Higher Education, Organic Chemistry
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Hill, Douglas M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Discusses the need for preservice elementary teachers to experience inquiry first-hand, suggesting that they engage in problem-solving rather than just "talking about" it. A typical teacher education program is described with suggestions to incorporate inquiry-oriented experiences. An inquiry-oriented activity using sand and funnels is included.…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Higher Education, Inquiry, Methods Courses
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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Describes Noel Entwhistle's book "Styles of Learning and Teaching," detailing how it can be used to help students learn and store knowledge. Also describes a course on the theory and practice of cognitive processes taught at Carnegie Mellon University. (DH)
Descriptors: Books, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Style, Course Descriptions
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Dunkhase, John A.; Penick, John E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1990
Discussed are similarities between college courses described as exemplary by the Society of College Science Teachers. Various strategies used to teach problem solving based on a three-stage model are highlighted. The process of identification of exemplary programs is discussed. (CW)
Descriptors: College Science, Course Descriptions, Critical Thinking, Demonstration Programs
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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Discusses the use of self-directed learning in a large group class. Describes a workshop for developing group communication skills. (YP)
Descriptors: College Science, Group Activities, Group Instruction, Higher Education
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Crow, Linda W. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Discusses five strategies to use in creating an environment that will foster the development of critical thinking. To make thinking the subject of instruction; focusing on the key aspects of higher-order thinking; providing opportunities for continual, explicit practice; questioning and developing an investigative nature; and reinforcing the…
Descriptors: College Science, Critical Thinking, Higher Education, Instruction
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Strauss, Michael J.; Clarke, John H. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Explains the effects of examination fear and anxiety on student performance. Cites ways instructors can intervene to help alleviate the problem and better promote learning. (RT)
Descriptors: Anxiety, College Science, Instructional Improvement, Problem Solving
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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Describes the contents of a book entitled The Care and Feeding of Ideas: A Guide to Encouraging Creativity which considers the thinking process, why skills need to be developed, and how students use or should use these thinking skills. (RT)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Style, College Science
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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1988
Explains the differences between successful and unsuccessful problem solvers' exploration of a problem, translation of information into different forms, approach to devising and executing a plan, and rechecking work. (RT)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, College Science, Concept Formation, Critical Thinking
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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Reviews a monograph which addresses children's higher-order thinking skills. Suggests the following for teaching problem solving: identify and develop content-independent and content-dependent problem-solving skills, connect developed skills through workshop-style activities to subject discipline, and help students identify and reconstruct their…
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Structures
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Woods, Donald R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1989
Considers research concentrating on the correlation between knowledge structure and learning. Suggests implications of this research to classroom teaching. Cites characteristics of unsuccessful and successful problem solvers. (RT)
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, College Science, Decision Making Skills, Heuristics
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Phillips, D. C. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1985
Discussion of changes in science education and scientific literacy is presented in the form of a dialog between the author and his alter ego. Structure of science, myths, facts, methods, and critical rationality are considered. Suggests that scientific principles once considered basic and unchanging are giving way to critical thinking. (DH)
Descriptors: College Science, Critical Thinking, Decision Making, Higher Education
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Mantei, Erwin J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 1986
Explains how self-produced software can be used to perform rapid number analysis or number-crunching duties in geology classes. Reviews programs in mineralogy and petrology and identifies areas in geology where computers can be used effectively. Discusses the advantages and benefits of integrating department-generated software into a geology…
Descriptors: College Science, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Courseware
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