Across the world education for 'thinking’ is seen as the key to thriving in an increasingly complex, globalised, technological world. The OECD suggests that teaching thinking is key to growing a more successful economy; others claim it is needed for increased democratic engagement and well-being.
Theory of Teaching Thinking discusses what is meant by ‘thinking’ in the context of teaching and takes a global perspective incorporating contributions from neurocognitive, technological, Confucian, philosophical, and dialogical viewpoints.
Questions explored throughout this edited volume include:
Extensively researched and at the cutting edge of this field, this book provides the context for teaching thinking that researchers, teachers, and policy-makers need. As the first book in a brand new series, Research on Teaching Thinking and Creativity, it is a much-needed introduction and guide to this critical subject.
Introduction Laura Kerslake and Rupert Wegerif 1.A recent history of teaching thinking Steve Higgins 2. Emotions: can’t think with them, can’t think without them Doug Newton 3. Thinking beyond rationalism Emma Williams 4. Philosophy with Children from pragmatism to posthumanism: thinking through the Community of Philosophical Inquiry Laura Kerslake 5. Fixing Humpty-Dumpty: putting higher-order skills and knowledge together again Carl Bereiter and Marlene Scardamalia 6. A dialogic theory of teaching thinking Rupert Wegerif 7. Learning to think collectively: a response to the wicked problems of our times Valerie A. Brown 8. A Confucian perspective on developing thinking skills Li Li 9. An outline of assessment in humanistic conversations: definitions, aims and design Benzi Slakmon and Baruch B. Schwarz 10. Theory and the evaluation of teaching thinking Bob Burden and Steve Higgins