Designing Effective Written Assignments (Chet Meyers)

Liabilities of the Traditional Term Paper

Characteristics of Effective Written Assignments

1. They employ a step by step development of critical thinking skills

2. They focus on real problems and issues 3. They have clear instructions Five Types of Written Assignments for Critical Thinking

1. Summaries

2. Short analytical papers (micro themes) 3. Problem solving exercises using popular media 4. Simulations and cases Source: Chet Meyers, Teaching Students to Think Critically: A Guide to Faculty in All Disciplines. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1986.

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