Up and Out: Using Creative and Critical Thinking Skills to Enhance Learning

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Allyn and Bacon, 2000 - Education - 165 pages
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Well organized and easy-to-read, Up and Out makes the process of teaching thinking skills understandable to instructors of all experience levels. The author defines exactly what creative and critical thinking skills are, describes the theories on which they are based, and using research as well as practical activities, explains how they should be taught. The text also covers how thinking skills can be embedded into existing reading, language arts, social studies, and science curricula. Hundreds of unique, engaging thinking activities are presented which can be used to enliven classroom instruction. For pre-service and in-service teachers.

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The Basics of Thinking Skills
Teaching Thinking Skills
Creativity and Creative Thinking Skills

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About the author (2000)

Dr. Andy Johnson was a 1976 graduate of Grantsburg High School in Grantsburg, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin, River Falls where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Music and Speech-Communication. After earning elementary teaching licensure, he taught 2nd grade in River Falls, Wisconsin from 1983-1986. He went on to teach in elementary schools in the Twin Cities area and also spent three years working in the Grantsburg School District as A 5th grade teacher and the Gifted Education Coordinator.

He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Literacy Education in 1997. He is currently working at Minnesota State University, Mankato as a professor of literacy in the Department of Special Education where he specializes in literacy instruction for students with reading difficulties. He is the author of 10 books and numerous academic articles related to literacy, learning, teacher development, and the human condition.

He lives in North Mankato with his wife, Dr. Nancy Fitzsimons and his dogs Mickey and Emmet.

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