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Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ 07043-1624)
Matthew Lipman (Project Director: March 1970 to present)

Determine Feasibility of Teaching Reasoning Processes to Elementary School Children

Pilot project to design lesson plans to teach logic to elementary school children. ABSTRACT: Pilot project to design lesson plans, including both conventional and self-discovery techniques, for teaching logic to elementary school children. Logic taught through stories in which children discover for themselves principles of logical inference. Plans and techniques to be tested in Monclair, N.J. Public Schools during 1970-71, at 5th-grade level. To be effective, formal logic must be started in elementary school rather than in college. Many problems a student experiences--problems presently identified as reading or comprehension difficulties--are in reality due to student's inability to reason and draw inferences from what he reads. An early improvement in reasoning skill would reveal itself in improved performance in all academic subjects. Funds for P.I.'s salary, secretarial assistance, local travel, indirect costs.

Project fields:
Philosophy, General

Institutes for School Teachers

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$9,181 (approved)
$9,181 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/1970 – 2/28/1971