Teaching Thinking: Issues and Approaches
Originally published in 1990, this title attempts to provide for the educational practitioner an overview of a field that responded in the 1980s to a major educational agenda. This innovative ‘agenda’ called for teaching students in ways that dramatically improved the quality of their thinking. Its context is a variety of changes in education that brought the explicit teaching of thinking to the consciousness of more and more teachers and administrators.
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Sometimes we have in mind more ambitious sorts of thinking that regrettably do not appear in school settings as often as we would like: for instance, ...
If students are to develop their thinking, they must have opportunities to engage in the sorts of processes that make up better thinking.
... performed worse on certain higher-order tasks than their peers of a decade before, for instance on certain sorts of mathematical problem solving.
Can they improve the sort of thinking they address, as measured immediately after instruction? Yes, they can. There are careful evaluations demonstrating ...
However, in a way the familiarity of the sorts of thinking concerned is deceptive. We may know our own thoughts, but we do not know our own thinking so well ...
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breaking out a skill
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thinking according to a plan
Approaches to Evaluation
Types of Tests