Cognition and Intelligence

Cultivating a Culture of Thinking

Cultural forces exist in all classrooms that can be leveraged to develop a culture of thinking. Jeff Watson and Roger Winn demonstrate how to harness these forces to develop students’ thinking skills in secondary Maths and Chemistry classrooms.

The Cultures of Thinking (CoT) framework was developed by the Project Zero team at Harvard University. The framework focuses on eight cultural forces that exist in classrooms: expectations, language, time, opportunities, interactions, environment, routines and modeling. These forces, according to Dr. Ron Ritchhart, the Principal Researcher for the CoT project, exist in every classroom, whether they are given attention or not. The idea is to properly leverage these forces so that classrooms become places where thinking, collaboration, independence and deep-learning rule and become common-place, rather than teacher-centred places that are ruled through stress compliance and work.

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