RESOURCES FOR TEACHING THINKING:

BOOKS AND ARTICLES

Compiled by William Peirce
(Updated May 2006)

If this list seems overwhelming and you don't like making choices, if you buy only one book, I recommend Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom, by John C. Bean.

THE PRINCE GEORGE'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE LIBRARY

Search these terms in the PGCC library holdings electronic database: thought and thinking, critical thinking, problem solving, reasoning, creative thinking, cooperative learning, collaborative learning. A complete search will get you over 250 books, audiotapes, and videotapes.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BOOKS 

I. Jossey-Bass Publishers, specializing in books for higher education.  http://www.jbp.com/

Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom, by John C. Bean (1996). $40

Critical Thinking: Unfinished Business, ed. by Christine M. McMahon. New Directions for Community Colleges, No. 130 (summer 2005) $29

Critical Thinking: Educational Imperative, ed. by Cynthia Barnes. New Directions for Community Colleges, No. 77 (1992) $29

Learning to Think: Disciplinary Perspectives, by Janet Donald. (2002) $40

Critical Thinking: Theory, Research, Practice, and Possibilities, by Joanne G. Kurfiss (1988). ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 2. $26.

Promoting Active Learning: Strategies for the College Classroom, by Chet Meyers and Thomas B. Jones (1993) $36

Developing Critical Thinkers, by Stephen Brookfield (1987) $35

II. Another major publisher of books on teaching thinking and on cognitive science in general is Lawrence Erlbaum.  http://www.erlbaum.com/

An especially informative book (over 500 pages) is Thought and Knowledge: An Introduction to Critical Thinking, 4th edition, by Diane Halpern (2003). $54 (paper)

III For periodical articles in your discipline, search ERIC and Expanded Academic Index using "critical thinking" plus your discipline as search terms. 

IV. Publishers with books on teaching thinking in grades K-12

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development http://www.ascd.org

Especially useful is Developing Minds: A Resource Book for Teaching Thinking, ed. by Arthur L. Costa, 3rd Edition (2001) $39.95

Critical Thinking Books and Software  http://www.criticalthinking.com

Ventures Thinking Works  http://venturesthinkingworks.com/
 

WWW Links to Resources for Teaching Reasoning and Critical Thinking

Useful URL's for Argument and Persuasion
(A list useful to students writing researched persuasive arguments:  public policy sites, guidance for web searches, general information.)

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