1st Edition

Learn to Think
Basic Exercises in the Core Thinking Skills for Ages 6-11

ISBN 9780415465908
Published July 14, 2008 by Routledge
96 Pages

USD $29.95

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Book Description

Classroom questions have traditionally focussed on testing the recall, understanding and application of content and methods. Research suggests that pupils require activities that encourage them to think flexibly about possibilities and to make independent judgements about information.

Learn to Think takes a cross-curriculum approach and offers a wide range of exercises in all significant thinking skills areas:

  • Organisational
  • Analytical
  • Evaluative
  • Creative

Predicting, categorisation, ordering, generalising, problem solving, summarising, analysis, making distinctions, decision making, cause and evidence are among the skills developed. This book introduces the basic core thinking processes used to connect and make sense of information through a range of skill based sections which provide the basis of a thinking skills programme for pupils. It is complete with introductory notes and examples, pupil work sheets, suggested answers and further useful questions. The resources are fully photocopiable and are suitable for 6 -11 year olds.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Organisational Thinking  Observing properties  Observing similarities  Observing differences  Categorising  Comparing  Ordering in terms of size and time  Thinking about concepts  Generalising  Concept maps  Analytical Thinking  Analysing relationships  Analysing patterns in sequences  Evaluative Thinking  Distinguishing Facts from Opinions  Distinguishing definite from indefinite conclusions  Challenging the reliability of a claim  Distinguishing relevant from irrelevant information  Decision making  Considering other points of view  Asking better questions  Creative Thinking Creative consequences  Reverse creative thinking  Analysing the creativity of designs  Creativity from random objects  Visual creativity  Creative thinking about uses

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John Langrehr has spent more than 25 years as a cognitive psychologist at the University of South Australia. He has written many books and articles for teachers and presented at numerous conferences.