How to Assess Higher-Order Thinking Skills in Your Classroom

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Overview

Educators know it's important to get students to engage in "higher-order thinking." But what does higher-order thinking actually look like" And how can K-12 classroom teachers assess it across the disciplines" Author, consultant, and former classroom teacher Susan M. Brookhart answers these questions and more in this straightforward, practical guide to assessment that can help teachers determine if students are actually displaying the kind of complex thinking that current content standards emphasize.

Brookhart begins by laying out principles for assessment in general and for assessment of higher-order thinking in particular. She then defines and describes aspects of higher-order thinking according to the categories established in leading taxonomies, giving specific guidance on how to assess students in the following areas:

Analysis, evaluation, and creation

Logic and reasoning

Judgment

Problem solving

Creativity and creative thinking

Examples drawn from the National Assessment of Educational Progress and from actual classroom teachers include multiple-choice items, constructed-response (essay) items, and performance assessment tasks. Readers will learn how to use formative assessment to improve student work and then use summative assessment for grading or scoring.

Aimed at elementary, middle, and high school teachers in all subject areas, How to Assess Higher-Order Thinking Skills in Your Classroom provides essential background, sound advice, and thoughtful insight into an area of increasing importance for the success of students in the classroom-and in life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416610489
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Devel
  • Publication date: 9/24/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 84,523
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 General Principles for Assessing Higher-Order Thinking 17

2 Assessing Analysis, Evaluation, and Creation 39

3 Assessing Logic and Reasoning 61

4 Assessing Judgment 84

5 Assessing Problem Solving 98

6 Assessing Creativity and Creative Thinking 124

Afterword 142

References 150

Index 153

About the Author 159

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