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Learning to Think: Disciplinary Perspectives

Learning to Think: Disciplinary Perspectives

Janet Gail Donald

ISBN: 978-1-118-30812-7

Mar 2002, Jossey-Bass

354 pages

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In colleges and universities, there is increasing demand to help students learn how to conceptualize, analyze, and reason. Learning to Think presents a model of learning that takes into account the different ways learning occurs in different academic disciplines and explores the relationship between knowledge and thinking processes. Janet Donald--a leading researcher in the field of postsecondary teaching and learning--presents a framework for learning that goes beyond the acquisition of knowledge to encompass ways of constructing and utilizing it within and across disciplines. The author discusses how learning occurs in different academic disciplines and reveals how educators can improve the teaching and learning process in their classrooms and programs.


The Author

1. Learning to Think: A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective 1

2. Orderly Thinking: Learning in a Structured Discipline 31

3. Hard Thinking: Applying Structured Knowledge to Unstructured Problems 62

4. Inductive Thinking: Knowledge-Intensive Learning 96

5. Multifaceted Thinking: Learning in a Social Science 131

6. Precedent and Reason: Case Versus Logic 167

7. Organizing Instruction and Understanding Learners 196

8. Criticism and Creativity: Thinking in the Humanities 232

9. Learning, Understanding, and Meaning 271

References 301

Name Index 319

Subject Index 323