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The Role of Computers in Higher-Order Thinking

by Janice H. Patterson & Marshall S. Smith - 1986

"Properly designed, [computers] can allow students to formulate hypotheses, test them, analyze results, and refine their conceptions. Moreover, they can provide the student with a record of the course of his or her investigations, permitting greater self-awareness of thinking and learning." There are, however, many barriers to realizing this potential, among them a lack of consensus on the definition of higher-order thinking and an incomplete understanding about the use of technology to promote it. We explore both issues in this chapter.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 85, No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 87 Number 5, 1986, p. 81-108
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19023, Date Accessed: 9/28/2020 5:39:14 AM

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  • Janice Patterson
    University of Alabama, Birmingham
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    JANICE H. PATTERSON is a Professor in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • Marshall Smith
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    MARSHALL S. SMITH is a professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.
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