Levels of Cognitive Complexity

An Approach to the Measurement of Thinking

; Chris Lawrence

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1 Approaches to Studying Reasoning.- Conceptions of Thinking.- Tests of Thinking.- The Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal.- The Cornell Critical Thinking Test.- The Ennis-Weir Critical Thinking Essay Test.- 2 Thinking as Levels of Cognitive Complexity.- The Describer-Explainer Continuum.- Perry's Positions of Intellectual Development.- Information Processing Structures.- 3 Interpretive Exercises and the Scoring Rationale for Evaluating Levels of Thinking.- Interpretive Exercises.- The Holocaust.- The Bomb Factories.- The Scoring Rationale for Evaluating Levels of Thinking.- Perception and Definition of the Situation.- Imposition of an Organizing Structure.- Analysis, Support, and Elaboration.- Levels of Cognitive Complexity.- 4 Empirical Studies.- Experimental Groups.- School Achievement Variables.- Relationship to Writing Proficiency.- Orientation to Learning Variables.- Correlation with Orientation to Learning Variables.- Other Measures of Cognitive Ability and Thinking Processes.- Correlations with Other Thinking Exercises.- The Two Helmets Test.- The Jefferson Davis Exercise.- The Holocaust.- The Mystery of Pearl Harbor.- Levels of Thinking and Discourse Structure.- Generalizing the Cognitive Complexity Approach.- Appendix A.- Scoring Rationale for Levels of Thinking.- Levels of Cognitive Complexity.- Appendix B.- Practice Examples.- Test Examples.- Appendix C Answer Sheet for the Bomb Factories.- References.- Related References.