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Tomlinson, Susan – Social Studies, 1987
Stresses importance of making the social studies curriculum challenging for gifted students. Recommends differentiating between content and process, and discusses a variety of approaches and techniques relevant to a variety of classroom situations. Emphasis is placed on developing higher-level thinking skills in the gifted classroom. (BR)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Curriculum Enrichment, Gifted, Problem Solving
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Girod, Gerald R.; Harmon, Gerald R. – Social Studies, 1987
Maintains school-aged children would prefer not to study social studies. Presents several strategies to help encourage positive attitudes. Strategies include persuasion, reinforcement, enthusiasm, personalized contact. Stresses that negative attitudes must be changed in order for social studies to achieve its fundamental citizenship goals. (BR)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Enrichment, Elementary Secondary Education
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Lengel, James G. – Social Studies, 1987
Describes some ways computers can help students develop thinking skills in the social studies. Emphasizes the use of data bases, simulations, and tutorials to teach thinking skills. Questions whether computers can do a better job of teaching students to think and reason than alternative methods. (RKM)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Computers
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Braun, Joseph A., Jr. – Social Studies, 1987
Asks three questions: (1) Are machines capable of thinking as people do? (2) How is the thinking of computers similar and different from human thinking? and (3) What exactly is thinking? Examines research in artificial intelligence. Describes the theory and research of consciousness education and discusses an emerging paradigm for human thinking…
Descriptors: Artificial Intelligence, Computers, Educational Research, Educational Technology
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Stroble, Elizabeth – Social Studies, 1987
Argues one way to make sense of a catastrophe is to use Kenneth Koch's poetry methods. By using these strategics, teachers can help students discover the thoughts and feelings of great artists. Students can then express their thoughts through these model poems. (BR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Creative Writing, English Instruction, Poetry
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Flouris, George – Social Studies, 1987
Reviews the characteristics of existing social studies software. States that instructional software must address one or more of the established goals of social studies and follow valid principles of learning. Offers a model for the development of software based on Robert Gagne's learning theory. (RKM)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computers, Educational Change, Educational Improvement