Teaching Kids to Think Critically: Effective Problem-Solving and Better Decisions (Paperback)Clifton B. Chadwick (author)
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 142
Weight: 286 g
Dimensions: 223 x 156 x 14 mm
Dr. Chadwick uses Rudyard Kipling's poem about "Six serving men", who "Taught me all I knew"- "What, Why, When, How, Where and Who", to introduce the principles of effectively using questions in teaching and learning. He also applies these principles throughout the book to present a complex subject in a clear format that answers our questions about: what is critical thinking, and why it is important; why schools often fail to teach it; when, how, and where (including in the home) should it be taught, and who can teach it. The book's answer to this last question focuses on "You, the parent", but I believe the book may equally help many teachers. -- Alexander Romiszowski, Ph.D., professor of instructional design, development, and evaluation, Syracuse University School of Education, and international consultant, TTS-Global
Clear, concise, and practical, this excellent book is the perfect way to school-proof your child from an educational system that no longer teachers children how to think. -- Roger Kaufman, Ph.D., CPT, ABBP, professor emeritus, Florida State University, and distinguished research professor, Sonora (Mexico) Institute of Technology
In the age of knowledge work, higher-order thinking skills are more important to success and happiness than ever. However, schools are not very effective in teaching or testing such skills, so children have to rely largely on their parents to teach them. This book offers an innovative conception of five elements of good thinking: logic and structure, learning strategies, metacognition, intellectual standards, and problem solving. A chapter on each element uses plain language to help the reader understand the element, followed by highly useful, practical tips for the reader to stimulate improved thinking in a child. I highly recommend it for all parents and teachers. -- Charles M. Reigeluth, author of Reinventing Schools: It's Time to Break the Mold
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