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The Power of the Social Brain: Teaching, Learning, and Interdependent Thinking
     

The Power of the Social Brain: Teaching, Learning, and Interdependent Thinking

by Arthur L. Costa
 

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ISBN-10: 0807754145

ISBN-13: 9780807754146

Pub. Date: 03/22/2013

Publisher: Teachers College Press

Research has demonstrated that cooperative learning is one of the most highly effective teaching strategies, while new findings from neuroscience confirm the brain's natural inclination to think socially. But simply putting students in a group is not enough. The authors of The Power of the Social Brain see "interdependent thinking" as the missing piece of the

Overview

Research has demonstrated that cooperative learning is one of the most highly effective teaching strategies, while new findings from neuroscience confirm the brain's natural inclination to think socially. But simply putting students in a group is not enough. The authors of The Power of the Social Brain see "interdependent thinking" as the missing piece of the collaborative puzzle. This authoritative book provides practical strategies informed by research from neuroscience and education to help groups function more effectively and thoughtfully. By adding the "cognitive dimension" to cooperative learning, this book will help readers apply new protocols and strategies for more successful, affirming, and productive group work in classrooms and professional educational learning communities. Book Features: Fresh parallel insights on interdependent thinking from the arts, architecture, business, the community, and sports. Approaches for leveraging cooperative learning to improve thinking, problem solving, performance, and mutual support across a wide range of settings, including classrooms, teams, and professional learning communities. Instructional strategies from experienced classroom teachers for teaching young people to think and work interdependently at home and at school. Reflective questions at the end of each section to help guide thinking, stimulate conversation, and catalyze change within a learning community or classroom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807754146
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
03/22/2013
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Jerry Jennings xi

Preface: Interdependent Thinking Arthur L. Costa Pat Wilson O'Leary xvii

Acknowledgments xxiii

Introduction: Thinking Interdependently- A Human Survival Mechanism Pat Wolfe 1

Part I Interdependent Thinking in Life Settings 9

1 Creating and Influencing Momentum: The Challenges and Power of Adults Thinking Interdependently Jerry Jennings 11

2 Efficient Thinking with Architectural Teams Peter Saucerman 17

3 Thinking Together in Industry James Heath 30

4 Knowing the Score: Thinking Interdependently in the Orchestra Virginia V. Baker Elizabeth Baker William Baker 36

5 Thinking as a Team Mark Jones 42

Reflecting on Part I 46

Part II Facilitation Strategies for Interdependent Thinking 47

6 A Virtual Continuum for Thinking Interdependently Bena Kallick Marie Alcock 49

7 Creating Communities of Thought: Skills, Tasks, and Practices Laura Lipton Bruce Wellman 61

8 Creating Interdependent Thinking Among School Staff William A. Sommers Shirley M. Hord 69

9 Developing Smart Groups Robert J. Garmston 75

10 Working Smarter, Not Harder: Building Interdependent Communities of Practice Diane P. Zimmerman 84

11 In the Company of School Leaders Patricia Reeves 94

12 Thinking Maps for Meetings of the Mind David Hyerle Larry Alper 102

Reflecting on Part II 115

Part III Fostering Dispositions of Interdependent Thought 117

13 Cooperative Learning: Accessing Our Highest Human Potential Judy Willis 119

14 We Instead of Me: The Teacher's Role in Engendering Interdependent Student Thinking Patricia A. Roy 129

15 We Think Better Together: Classroom Strategies for Interdependent Learning Jill Barton Mary Burke Sabrina French 140

16 Theater: Celebrating Interdependent Thinking Sandra Brace 149

17 Thinking Interdependently: The Family as a Team Lauren A. Carner Angela ladavaia-Cox 156

18 The Seven Habits of Highly Interdependent Teachers Jeremy Little 165

19 Teaching the Dispositions of Interdependent Thought Arthur L. Costa Pat Wilson O'Leary 176

Reflecting on Part III 200

About the Editors and Contributors 201

Index 208

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