thinking skills

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Most problems in our textbooks are procedure oriented and repetitive; they can be solved in a mechanical fashion. There is very little scope for reasoning, investigating, discovering, predicting. Nor is there any scope for challenge and creativity. Children need exposure to problems requiring higher order thinking skills. All children deserve such experiences - the challenge and enjoyment of interesting problems in mathematics.
 

Here is a discussion centred around the NCF Position Paper on the 'Teaching of Science' dealing with observation, theory & hypothesis.

The purpose of education is to make human beings capable, competent ,and wise so as to meet the challenges of life. In a world that is dynamic, entropy and chaos quickly enter the picture as the pace of life becomes faster, the demands on an individual’s mental, physical, and emotional resources increase and flexibility and adaptability become the buzz words. To accommodate all these factors, one needs to be innovative and creative, be able to work collaboratively, communicate effectively, think critically and be proactive.

Being asked the right questions can enable students to progress to higher levels of thinking and understanding. Through questions based on a story, students can develop skills such as deductive reasoning.

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