This book introduces special programs designed to enhance thinking and problem solving at the preschool, elementary, secondary, college, and graduate levels, as well as proven instructional methods to aid the elderly in retaining or regaining essential mental skills. The volume also considers difficult problems confronting psychology, including such disparate issues as the appropriate content of courses to develop thinking, resistance to the introduction of programs in schools and universities, and psychology's limitations on progress in these areas.
"Several distinguished psychologists turn their talents to a consideration of an issue in which we all have a vested interest: how best to cultivate critical and creative thinking through the life span. A pioneering effort…"
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
"…a scholarly, timely, thought-provoking examination of an important area by an international array of contributors."
University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Contents: M. Schwebel, C.A. Maher, N.S. Fagley, Introduction: The Social Role in Promoting Cognitive Growth Over the Life Span. Part I:Conceptual Issues in Promoting Cognitive Growth. D. Kuhn, Education for Thinking: What Can Psychology Contribute? J. Smith, P.B. Baltes, A Life-Span Perspective on Thinking and Problem Solving. J.V. Wertsch, N. Minick, Negotiating Sense in the Zone of Proximal Development. M. Lewis, Thinking and Feeling - The Elephant's Tail. Part II:Programs to Promote Cognitive Growth and Programmatic Issues. R. Feuerstein, M.B. Hoffman, Mediating Cognitive Processes to the Retarded Performer -- Rationale, Goals, and Nature of Intervention. H.E. Gruber, L. Richard, Active Work and Creative Thought in University Classrooms. H.C. Haywood, P. Brooks, Theory and Curriculum Development in Cognitive Education. W. De Coster, A. De Meyer, R. Parmentier, Practical Perspectives on Changing Schools to Stimulate Cognitive Development. J. Kagan, On Cognitive Development.