Workshop Materials - College Teaching and the Development of Reasoning



Date of this Version

October 2007


Workshop on College Teaching and the Development of Reasoning


You may be wondering how to apply the concept of developmental stages in your college teaching. To help you with this, we have prepared modules dealing with different aspects of instruction. Module 6 concentrates on the analysis and writing of test questions. As you read the examples we have selected, keep in mind the characteristics of concrete and formal reasoning described in Module 2. A matter that we find difficult to resolve concerns how to give all students, those using concrete reasoning and those formal reasoning practice in appropriate levels of problem solving. At the same time, evaluation through tests should give both groups an opportunity show what they have learned, even though the formal students using reasoning will certainly demonstrate much more skill and elegance.