This book describes a variety of programs -- firmly based in psychological theory and modern decision analysis -- that are suitable for teaching adolescents how to improve both their own decision making skills and their understanding of the decision making of others. Providing practical advice as well as theoretical analysis, this volume addresses general questions such as the nature and rationale of the enterprise, its implementation, and its evaluation. Relevant to several current adolescent problems including drug abuse, this is an excellent source, either as research, new curriculum, or enrichment of old curriculum.
"The first two chapters of this excellent volume serve as a gentle polemic for the need to focus increased attention on the necessity for teaching adolescents the skills of decision making….a comprehensive guide to a variety of innovative programs of critical promise….an invaluable source for researchers or those attempting to adopt a school-based decision-making approach to problems of adolescents."
Contents: J. Baron, R.V. Brown, Prologue: Why Americans Can't Think Straight. J. Baron, R.V. Brown, Introduction. R. Beyth-Marom, B. Fischhoff, M.J. Quadrel, L. Furby, Teaching Decision Making to Adolescents: A Critical Review. L. Mann, R. Harmoni, C. Power, The GOFER Course in Decision Making. M.J. Adams, C.E. Feehrer, Thinking and Decision-Making. J. Baron, R.V. Brown, Toward Improved Instruction in Decision Making To Adolescents: A Conceptual Framework and Pilot Program. K.B. Laskey, V.N. Campbell, Evaluation of Intermediate Level Decision Analysis Course. G. Graumlich, J. Baron, Teaching Decision Making in the City: Two Experiences. M.J. Elias, L.R. Branden-Muller, M.A. Sayette, Teaching Foundations of Social Decision Making and Problem Solving in Elementary School. J. Shanteau, M. Grier, J. Johnson, E. Berner, Teaching Decision Making Skills to Student Nurses. A.W. Martin, R.V. Brown, Analog Devices for Teaching Decision Skills to Adolescents. J.P. Williams, Learning-Disabled Adolescents' Difficulties in Solving Personal Social Problems. J.A. Swets, Normative Decision Making. V.N. Campbell, K.B. Laskey, Institutional Strategy for Teaching Decision Making in Schools. D.D. Wheeler, Metaphors for Effective Thinking.