Tag Archives: learning to think

…each student begins to learn

“Those of us who presume to ‘teach’ must not imagine that we know how each student begins to learn.” ~ Vivian Gussin Paley Ref: p.78 Vivian Gussin Paley (1990) The Boy who Would be a Helicopter: the uses of storytelling in the … Continue reading

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Flexibility and creativity

Sternberg again… “Flexibility is valuable in almost any aspect of life – in school, on the job, in intimate relations with other people, and even in dealing with oneself. Just think of how much more effective teachers could be if … Continue reading

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Matching thinking styles to tasks and situations

More on thinking styles from Robert Sternberg: “A style is a preferred way of thinking. It is not an ability, but rather how we use the abilities we have. We do not have a style, but rather a profile of … Continue reading

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Science education is founded on attitudes, learning strategies and skills

In a recent Studies in Science Education article, authors Eric M. Anderman , Gale M. Sinatra & DeLeon L. Gray address exactly the area I have been wondering about in terms of junior science (hooray!). Their interest is in the “complex set … Continue reading

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self-knowledge

“When people are acknowledged and respected, this contributes to the regard they have for themselves. However, this must also go hand in hand with them getting to know themselves. As young children develop they start to learn about themselves and … Continue reading

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Forms of knowing and the birth of ideas

“the mind draws upon a variety of forms of knowing to give birth to ideas and those ideas… need not be expressed in modes within which the conceptualization has occurred.” ~ E. Eisner  Ref: Eisner cited p41 in Mike Nelson … Continue reading

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Learning science and intuition

“Intuition … can readily be honed by including it explicitly within the learning context. Recent research on the learning of science shows that children develop a much richer understanding of how to do science, a much firmer, more flexible grasp … Continue reading

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