Do Thinking Schools work?
How do we know if being a Thinking School makes a difference? As a relatively new approach, formal research in this area is scarce, however, evidence is growing as more and more schools become thinking schools. At TSI we are gathering evidence, presented in different forms, to develop as clear a picture as possible of the benefits and impact of being a ‘Thinking School’. In brief, outcomes show:
- improved academic results
- improved indpendent learning
- development of higher order thinking skills
- greater motivation (for children and teachers)
- improved discipline
- improved attendence
Evidence of the success and impact of Thinking Schools can be found on the following pages: (click on links)
- Impact and Benefits of TSI Approach – reports and studies from research bodies and Thinking Schools
- Case Studies – from schools following a Thinking School approach
- Ofsted Reports – from Thinking Schools in the UK.
- Research, documentaries and published results – Books, film and current academic research on developing thinking skills.
Our partnership with University of Exeter and it’s Centre for Teaching Thinking and Dialogue is enabling research opportunities and evaluative studies on thinking schools. In addition, the Thinking Foundation supports qualitative and quantitative research on Thinking Maps® as a foundational language for thinking, learning, teaching, and leading across educational organizations and continues to facilitate further research in these areas. If you are interested in carrying out research or evaluative studies into thinking schools, we would be very interested to hear from you, please do not hesitate to contact us .