Issues Influencing Teachers' Beliefs about Use of Critical-Thinking Activities with Low-Advantage Learners

Torff, Bruce; Sessions, David
October 2006
Teacher Education Quarterly;Fall2006, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p77
Academic Journal
The article examines the effects of different learner populations on classroom instruction and overall student achievement. Researchers assert that teachers' critical thinking (CT) beliefs are associated with their perceptions of learners. That is, teachers tend to use high-level CT activities with high-advantage learners and low-level CT activities with low-advantage learners. The authors believe that this may hinder the academic progress of low-level learners and encourage teacher education programs to reduce differentiation of instruction based on perceived learner advantages.


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