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Approaches to Teaching Thinking: Toward a Conceptual Mapping of the Field

by Yoram Harpaz - 2007

The objective of this article is to suggest a conceptual map of the field of teaching thinking in order to help those who want to understand and implement it to know their way around. According to this map, the field of teaching thinking is divided into three approaches—the skills approach, the dispositions approach, and the understanding approach. Each one defines the key terms of the field—thinking, good thinking, and teaching thinking—differently. After presenting this typology and analyzing its various dimensions, the article tries to cope with two essential questions: Why three approaches, and which approach is most effective? The article concludes that the understanding approach is most effective in the school context and can incorporate the other two approaches.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 109 Number 8, 2007, p. 1845-1874
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12260, Date Accessed: 7/26/2021 7:29:22 PM

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  • Yoram Harpaz
    Mandel Leadership Institute, Jerusalem, Israel
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    YORAM HARPAZ is Director of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership of the Mandel Leadership Institute, Jerusalem, Israel. His research interests are teaching thinking, ideologies and education, and teaching and learning. He is the author of “Teaching and Learning in a Community of Thinking” in the Journal of Curriculum and Supervision, 20(2) and “Conflicting Logics in Teaching Critical Thinking” (in press). (Most of his publications are in Hebrew).
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