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Cooperative Thinking: THINK Strategy

Author(s): D. Sue Vernon, Donald D. Deshler, and Jean B. Schumaker

Publication Info: Edge Enterprises, 1999

The THINK Strategy is used by students working together in teams to systematically solve problems. Students learn to analyze and identify a problem, examine what's been done in the past, brainstorm new solutions, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of new solutions, choose the best one, devise a plan to implement it, and review how they worked together.

Close to 400 fourth- and fifth-grade students participated in a field test of the THINK Strategy; that number included 30 percent who represented minorities and 36 percent students with exceptionalities. School improvement goals associated with the research studies targeted problem solving, reasoning, and communicating. Results showed that the mean percentage of points earned by groups before instruction was the same for experimental and comparison groups at 34 percent. However, at the end of the school year, the mean percentage score for the students in the experimental groups was 84 percent and for students in the comparison groups 39 percent.

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