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IsraelX: The Hook, the Bait, and the Fish: Approaches to Teaching Thinking

This course introduces the enormously influential educational movement of teaching thinking in terms of three approaches: the skills approach; the dispositions approach; and the understanding approach. You will learn the key concepts of teaching thinking and how to implement them.

The Hook, the Bait, and the Fish: Approaches to Teaching Thinking
8 weeks
3–4 hours per week
Instructor-led on a course schedule
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Starts Dec 3
Ends Feb 18, 2024

About this course

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The knowledge economy, scientific and technological advances, democratic society, and other factors all exert pressure on education systems to develop students’ ability to think well—to think effectively, critically, and creatively. The movement for teaching thinking, which emerged in the West in the last third of the 20th century and thereafter expanded throughout the world, responded to this challenge with theories that address the question: What is the factor that generates good thinking and how does one teach it? There are multiple and occasionally contradictory answers to this question.

The course presents a conceptual map to elucidate the theories of and approaches to teaching thinking:

  • The skills approach aims to impart thinking skills through demonstration and practice.
  • The dispositions approach aims to instill good thinking dispositions through modeling and organizational culture.
  • The understanding approach aims to help students develop understandings through undermining and inquiry.

Each approach defines the key concepts of the subject—“thinking,” “good thinking,” and “educating for thinking”—in its own distinctive way. With an understanding of the approaches to teaching thinking, we can teach students, workers, and citizens to think better.


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At a glance

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated skills: Teaching, Student Development

What you'll learn

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  • Familiarity with the movement for teaching thinking through a conceptual map that divides the movement into three approaches: skills, dispositions, and understanding
  • What good thinking is and, naturally, the skills, dispositions and understandings that will help improve your thinking
  • How to teach students or employees in knowledge-based workplaces to think better—more effectively, critically, and creatively
  • Whether our current schools, including our colleges and universities, teach students to think well
  • Inspiration to develop new educational environments that will develop and nurture student thinking

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