Would the real Vygotskii please stand up
For more than a couple of decades the name of Vygotskii has held the sort of totemic power in Anglo-American psychology and education once reserved for Piaget. Here, Andrew Sutton introduces the ‘revolutionary scientist’ whose work and intentions have not always been best served by those who invoke his name.
The Murder Of Stephen Lawrence
Sensitive issues require careful thinking. Roger Sutcliffe and Steve Williams offer a news-style story and suggestions for talking with children about some of the issues surrounding the murder of Stephen Lawrence. Suitable for Key Stage 2 upwards.
Learning to talk, talking to learn
Can good conversation stimulate better thinking? Dr Rupert Wegerif and a team of teachers and researchers at the Open University think it can - and they can prove it.
Why Was Becket Murdered?
Christine Counsell uses a medieval murder story to show how teachers can build on the principles enshrined in National Curriculum history to develop pupils’ thinking skills.
The Death Of A Slave
Contemporary mysteries can provide fertile ground for developing thinking skills, argues Vivienne Baumfield. And for increasing children’s awareness of the processes involved in thinking rather than just the outcomes.
Improving concentration and memory skills
Success in lessons, including those that seek to enhance thinking skills, is founded on the ability of learners to concentrate and pay attention. Mike Lake argues that some pupils need carefully structured support to bring their powers of concentration and memory up to a level that will enable them to progress in school.
Right & wrong
Thinking skills are the cornerstone of effective citizenship education, argues William Ord. Here he illustrates his point by showing how recent materials from the Citizenship Foundation were used to effect in his school.
Thinking Through Stories
Vivienne Baumfield and teachers from four Northumberland first schools set themselves the task of raising standards through helping pupils to question, listen, develop reasoned arguments and value the opinions of others. Here’s how they got on.
Can children use ICT to develop logical thinking? Steve Higgins and Nick Packard think they can by helping the Zoombinis escape from the Bloats.