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Making thinking manifest through think alouds

Ann Cahill, Professor of Philosophy, Elon University

Stephen Bloch-Schulman, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Elon University

Experts and novices don’t only differ in what they know, but in how they think; therefore, witnessing the thinking of experts (not merely the result of that thinking) can be a powerful way to gain understanding of a discipline. Think alouds–the verbalizing of one’s thought process while doing a particular activity, such as reading a difficult text or responding to a challenging problem–can successfully be used for both teaching and research purposes. In this session, we will present examples of both uses, and give participants an opportunity to develop ways of using think-alouds in their courses and scholarship.

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