Reviews featured in Teaching Thinking and Creativity, Autumn 2000.
Take A Deep Breath
Philosophical debate and thinking skills call for clarity and relaxation. These can be hard to come by in a bustling, boisterous classroom – but Joanna Haynes has a solution in meditation.
Vygotskii Goes West
Like Vygotskii himself, translations of his work are best understood in the light of their history. In the second of three articles, Andrew Sutton offers a rough guide to the pitfalls of reading English-language ‘Vygotskian’ and ‘post-Vygotskian’ writings.
Searching For Meaning
Can young children’s learning benefit from the profoundest ponderings of the world’s philosophers? Steve Williams thinks so, and believes we should find the classroom time for some serious reflection.
Much Ado About Nothing
In each issue Food For Thought will question an aspect of the curriculum that is normally taken for granted with no end in view other than the pleasure of just thinking. This time, Rupert Wegerif takes a fascinating look at…nothing.
The National Curriculum 2000 finally offers a formal thinking skills qualification. Graham Handscomb takes a look - with the help of one or two great thinkers of the past.
Alan Combes believes questioning skills have a central role to play in preparing for an ever-changing world. Here, he offers ideas to help develop them.
Caught In The ACTS
A thinking skills field study in Northern Ireland yielded promising results recently. Carol McGuinness reports for Teaching Thinking on the ACTS project.
Ian Wilkinson’s pupils seemed to benefit from recording their thoughts about learning in journals - but he wanted statistical proof. His ‘learning and enjoyment audit’ went some way to supplying it.