Teaching for Thinking / Edition 1

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What constitutes "good thinking"? How do analytical, practical, and creative thinkers differ? Which teaching strategies promote thinking to learn as well as learning to think? Can asking the right kinds of questions enhance student thinking? In what ways do tests squelch creative and insightful problem solving? Why do some good thinkers fail? How can teachers prepare for the challenges of teaching for thinking? The authors consider these issues and others as they explore the thinking classroom. Richly illustrated with lively classroom vignettes and inventive teaching activities, this volume is undergirded with an empirically validated and classroom-tested psychological theory that lays out the three ways of thinking and the cognitive processes that underlie them. This is the seventh book in the Division 15 series "Psychology in the Classroom," which is aimed at elementary, middle, and high school teachers. The goal of this series is to encourage teachers to base their daily classroom practices on sound principles derived form the latest educational psychology research. The series thus bridges the gap between theory and practice. Each book is written in an accessible, straightforward style and contains a wide range of user-friendly features, such as real-life case illustrations, sample classroom activities, self-study questions, and suggested readings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557983756
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Psychology in the Classroom Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 163
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Goal 1: Understanding the Three Ways of Good Thinking and the Higher Order Thinking Processes Underlying Them 5
Goal 2: Understanding Teaching Strategies to Enhance Thinking 35
Goal 3: Understanding the Role of Questioning in Developing Thinking Skills 55
Goal 4: Teaching the Three Ways of Thinking 65
Goal 5: Focusing on Teaching and Evaluating Creative Insight Skills 83
Goal 6: Understanding Basic Principles and Pitfalls in the Teaching of Thinking 101
Goal 7: Understanding Why Good Thinkers Fail (Too Often) 129
Final Interview and Summary 147
Glossary 151
References 155
About the Authors 163
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