Critical Issues Forum - University of Texas at El Paso

Critical Issues Forum - University of Texas at El Paso

Critical Thinking Curriculum Model Bill Robertson University of Texas at El Paso Teacher Education Department Science & Technology Education The well-educated individual is not a

certified product but a self acquiring wisdom, with each step along the journey important in its own right. John Goodlad Critical Thinking

Curriculum Model Educational Components Technology Components Assessment Components Community Components Backward Planning

Design Brings Relevancy to the Classroom

Inquiry-Based Multidisciplinary Approach Utilizes Computer Technology Focuses on Current Global Issues Integrates Effective Learning and Teaching Practices Multidisciplinary Approach

Political Scientific Social/Cultural Economic Sample Concept Map T1

Concepts = 7 Hierarchies = 10 Total = 17 Sample Concept Map T4 Concepts = 13 Hierarchies = 20 Total = 33

The Conclusions Sample increased in overall science content understanding Shown overall and in both gender and grade level analysis Sample increased in overall problem solving scores Shown overall and in grade level analysis Both areas contribute to critical thinking skills

Attitudes didnt change significantly No matter if the students liked science or not, enjoyed computers or not, the CTCM approach helped to increase science content understanding and problem solving abilities. Thanks for your cooperation and participation!

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