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Lespiau, Florence; Tricot, André – Educational Psychology Review, 2019
According to Geary's evolutionary approach, humans are able to easily acquire primary knowledge and, with more efforts, secondary knowledge. The present study investigates how primary knowledge contents can facilitate the learning of formal logical rules, i.e., secondary knowledge. Framing formal logical problems in evolutionary salient contexts…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Learning Motivation, Abstract Reasoning, Logical Thinking
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Byrnes, James P.; Dunbar, Kevin N. – Educational Psychology Review, 2014
In this article, we attempt to provide an overview of the features of the abilities, aptitudes, and frames of minds that are attributed to critical thinking and provide the broad outlines of the development of critical-analytic thinking (CAT) abilities. In addition, we evaluate the potential viability of three main hypotheses regarding the reasons…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Development
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Rothkopf, Ernst Z. – Educational Psychology Review, 2008
Over 100 years of learning and cognition research have had only modest cumulative impact on teaching, while many other practical domains such as agriculture have shown a steady growth in widely accepted, research-informed practices. Several reasons have been advanced for the painfully slow adoption of science-based instructional procedures. One…
Descriptors: Industrial Training, Logical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness