Author: Alex Black
Introduction and Overview
About the authors
General thinking ability
Intelligence: a dirty word?
Thinking skills and thinking programmes
The Lets Think Handbook
One: Improving general thinking
The mind and the brain
Models of the mind
The developing mind
Strands and schemata
Two: Cognitive conflict
Why should I create challenge?
How do I create challenge?
An example part 2
An example part 3
An example part 4
Three: Social construction
'Classroom talk' as a tool for learning
A classroom environment for social construction
Looking for evidence of social construction in classroom talk
Analysis -the view from Vogotsky
Application to the dialogue
Social construction within a 'thinking group'
Characteristics of social interaction
Realising the full potential of social construction
Does 'thinking about thinking' mean anything?
So what is metacognition ?
Where is the metacognition ?
What we take from these examples
Why is metacognition important ?
Metacognition and ability
Development of metacognition
Five: Putting it all together in a lesson
The published materials
How much time does it take?
An example in Mathematics
Ratio reasoning in year 2: Jelly Babies
And your homework is .....
Six: Thinking and the curriculum
Seven: How we did it
Eight: Professional development
Nine: Cognitive acceleration and other big ideas
Ten: Does cognitive acceleration work?
Appendix 1 Curriculum Analysis Taxonomies
Assessing Levels of Cognitive Development
Spatial Perception Test
Volume and Heaviness Test
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