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Building Thinking Skills® Level 1 Paperback – 2012
Basic Writing Resources from Bedford/St. Martin's
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About the Author
SANDRA PARKS received an M.A. in Education, specializing in Curriculum Development, for the University of South Florida and pursued doctoral studies at Indiana State University. She also received a certificate of advanced study from Harvard University. She has conducted National Curriculum Studies Institute workshops annually for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and provides staff development to schools across the country. Sandra served as co-director of the National Center for Teaching Thinking.
HOWARD BLACK received an M.A. in Physics from Indiana State University and did doctoral studies at both Indiana State and Michigan State universities. He taught physics at Indiana State for 28 years and in 1978 received the Distinguished Teaching Award from that university. He currently teaches math and general studies at Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Florida, where he was given the 1990 Award for Excellence in Teaching.
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The book seems to be mainly simple pattern matching exercises using geometric figures. Not at all what I expected from "critical thinking". There is almost instruction or lesson in this book - just a page here or there. When I took classes in critical thinking and logical reasoning (high school and college), we focused on argument types, reasoning, fallacies, etc. I was counting on topics like that, but oriented towards a younger audience. Instead it is all pattern matching exercises!
"Critical thinking is self-guided, self-disciplined thinking which attempts to reason at the highest level of quality in a fair-minded way. People who think critically consistently attempt to live rationally, reasonably, empathically. They are keenly aware of the inherently flawed nature of human thinking when left unchecked. They strive to diminish the power of their egocentric and sociocentric tendencies. They use the intellectual tools that critical thinking offers - concepts and principles that enable them to analyze, assess, and improve thinking." - Linda Elder, September, 2007
Given this definition, I believe the book falls short. I suppose that the authors would argue that you have to build certain basic skills in children before you can develop what is described above. I would disagree. They use the term "higher order thinking skills".
The book claims to build reading and writing skills, but I don't see how that will happen since the book never asks them to write more than a couple of words at a time, and only rarely does it give instructions that are even a paragraph long.
Here are the chapter titles:
1. describing shapes
2. figural similarities and differences
3. figural sequences
4. figural classifications
5. figural analogies
6. describing things
7. verbal similarities and differences
8. verbal sequences
9. verbal classifications
Here's an example of verbal analogies, problem J-82:
door : wood :: window ______
and of course, the child would be expected to write in "glass". Yes, these are good exercises, but the discussions of analogy are so brief I wonder if children will fully understand. And this is one of the better sections.
My daughter is 4.5 years old and loves this book. This book introduces concepts in a series that prepares the child for tougher problems. Great way to improve child's critical and logical thinking!!