About the author: Dr. Jane Davis-Seaver taught public school in North Carolina and Virginia for more than twenty years prior to joining the faculty of North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro. She is a well-known conference speaker and workshop leader in the areas of critical thinking and elementary education. She received her PhD in Curriculum and Teaching, Early Childhood, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.2000 0-7734-7749-7
This research contributes to the field of study of critical and creative thinking, showing that children are thinking critically at a younger age than previously supposed. It clarifies Piaget’s contribution to the cognitive development of young children, and has significant implications for the classroom teacher and teacher education programs with regard to methodology. In addition to an introduction and review of the literature (including the theories of Richard Paul and Henry Giroux), the work includes an analysis of transcripts of conversations with young children about their thinking.