OBSERVING HABITS OF MIND IN PRIMARY SCHOOL

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Abstract

In this fast-moving 21st century, students need to learn to think before they act. Every schoolclassshould be used as an opportunity to help students develop their habits of mind.A Habit of Mind is a disposition towards cleverly behaving when confronted with problems, theanswers to which are not immediately known. When human experience dichotomies are confused bydilemmas, or come face to face with uncertainties, our most effective actions require drawing forthcertain patterns of intellectual behavior. When we draw upon these intellectual resources, the resultsthat are produced are more powerful, of higher quality and of greater significance than if we failed toemploy those patterns of intellectual behaviors.As students learn and practice the Habits of Mind, they become more skillful and develop a largerepertoire of strategies they can call upon in problematic situations. Students grow more adeptemploying the habit strategically, selecting and sequencing the most appropriate strategies at theappropriate time. They refine their ability to apply each of these skills and strategies in complex andsophisticated ways. Learners also begin to develop internal, metacognitive strategies when confrontedwith problems, decisions and different situations.As learners connect success to the effective application of the Habits of Mind, they begin to makepredictions about when and why it might be appropriate to use a particular habit. In doing so, they alsodeepen their valuing of the Habits because they can understand why using a habit would be importantin such situations. They can reflect back upon the use of the habit and see that when the habit isappropriately used, it has led to greater success.It needs to equip students with lifelong metaskills and habits of mind. Educators must help students todevelop and apply what dimensions of learning calls productive habits of mind.The present work, starting from the construction of an evaluation grid, aims at analyzing the 16 Habitsof Mind mentioned by Costa & Kallick (2008) in order to observe how 72 students of primary school5th Year in Palermo perform over time as they confront problems and tackle with challenging,discrepant events. Our goal is to observe the way students use the habits as an internal compass toguide decision, thoughts and actions.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteInted2015 - 9th Internationa Technology, Education and Development Conference
Pagine5211-5219
Numero di pagine9
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2015

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    Cappuccio, G. (2015). OBSERVING HABITS OF MIND IN PRIMARY SCHOOL. In Inted2015 - 9th Internationa Technology, Education and Development Conference (pagg. 5211-5219)