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presentation Critical thinking and Museum Web sites


From: Randy Menninghaus (india99_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Mar 07 2005 - 15:00:10 PST

My notes from this presentation
Critical Thinking and Art Museum Websites- presenter Melanie Buffington
- she defined what critical thinking was and now a bit more what it is
-Critical thinking originally meant correct or not… based on
accuracy-Richard Paul defines it and disciplined self directed thinking- or
‘thinking about your thinking ‘-reflecting on the thoughts of others
Questions to always ask about a site “is it reliable?” “What is the site’s
Art Museum Websites have had a change in structure of sites away an
authoritarian voice saying, This is ----- and this is what it means, to
more of a querying apprach.
She talked about three sites
 National Gallery of Art site
 the kids area has some question strategies in them they ultimately still
have right or wrong answer but is moving more towards a query approach.
National Museum of the American Indian
-presents stories from an American point of view
-has downloadable files on a variety of things including a different slant
on thanksgiving
Whitney Museum
-has a nice web quest on Jacob Lawrence

She defined web quest invented by Bernie Dodge
-is a query oriented activities has 6 steps
Intro task Information source process guidance conclusion
-they can be a group activity