Changing Attitudes: A Strategy for Motivating Students to Learn

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Allyn and Bacon, 1998 - Education - 194 pages
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A new and practical way to look at students' negative attitudes toward school and schoolwork...and what you can do about it! Changing Attitudes is the first and only handbook to address the growing problem of negative attitudes. By using informal logic (critical thinking) you can now correct negative attitudes and thereby motivate your students to learn. The book lays out a three-step strategy: (1) Identify negative attitudes; (2) Show students how to express those attitudes as ideas; (3) Help students analyze the ideas and reach their own conclusions as to their validity. If some of your students hate school and lack respect for teachers, here's how to start correcting their negative attitudes! The book offers techniques for identifying and classifying the most harmful attitudes, to expose the fallacious thinking underlying them; contemporary examples to help you and your students understand and use informal logic to critically examine negative attitudes; tips on guiding students in analyzing their negative thoughts, so they can understand why they feel that way - and why their attitudes are wrong; and suggestions on modifying classroom methods, to: (1) reduce the number of negative attitudes and (2) transform negative attitudes into positive ones.

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Author of 18 successful books, Vincent Ruggiero lives in Florida with his wife Barbara. An engaging public speaker whose presentations have been published in Vital Speeches of the Day, his work has been featured in the PBS "Author, Author" series.

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