The term Thinking skills (sometimes also called metacognition)
refers to thinking about how to think, awareness of your own
thinking processes. Some people are more aware of how they
think than others and yet this is a key skill affecting learning
and success. It involves skills such as planning, checking,
knowing how to remember and self-questioning. People with
good thinking skills have a range of clear strategies that
they are able to utilise and are more likely to be successful
in learning than those who find learning difficult. Becoming
more aware of how we think and remember helps us to further
develop our learning.
In contrast to the traditional view of intelligence, as mainly
fixed, the concept of thinking skills has been influenced
by the theory of multiple intelligences (e.g. Gardner, 1993).
Multiple intelligences (MI) views us all as having not one,
but a number of different intelligences such as verbal or
musical intelligence and that these can be taught and developed.
The number of intelligences suggested varies according to
the views of the psychologist / researcher and it may well
be that there is no exact number of different intelligences.
Nevertheless, the concept can be useful as a positive way
of viewing people as having a number of skills to be appreciated
by themselves and others and that these multiple intelligences
can be developed further.
The concept of thinking skills holds that thinking skills
can be taught to children and adults, resulting in improvement
of their learning, understanding and attainment, in both everyday
learning as well as tests and exams.
Contact me for enquiries about developing the Thinking Skills
of yourself or your child.
Stephen Bayliss - Chartered Psychologist:
Foreman and Jones
Integrated Health Practice
112d High Street
Folkestone Complementary Health Centre
4 West Cliff Gardens
Kent CT20 1SP
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