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Book review - Thinking Connections: Learning to Think and Thinking to Learn
With excessive stress on rote-learning, achievement scores, digital technology-mediated instruction and externalisations, the development of cognitive or thinking skills has taken a back seat. The book under review raises concern on that fact of quality of education being wrongfully equated with material inputs rather than making students creative and critical thinkers.

The book "Thinking Connections: Learning to Think and Thinking to Learn" authored by David N Perkins, Heidi Goodrich, Shari Tishman, and Jill Mirman Owen, advocates  for development of thinking skills among students and provides examples of a thinking strategy called 'thinking connections' within the context of regular school curriculum.

Being a practical skill acquisition book, it is divided into four modules with a twelve week calendar to study and use it properly. In the book, the strategies of mental management, decision making, and understanding through design have been discussed. The sessions for strategy pass through pass through an orientation lesson, get-ready practice, think about thinking and pulling-it-all-together practice respectively. The orientation session gives participants an over-view of how the entire process works.

According to the authors of the book, understanding through design is central to the self study skill and it allows students to analyse and task in a systematic way in order to discover meaning and understanding of it. Along with imparting of knowledge in various areas of study, teachers need to develop various thinking skills among students and the study habits that should last a life time, informs the book.

The authors of the book hold that by teaching students some specific study skills and strategies, teachers can enable students to work independently through various learning tasks and topics. Furthermore, the authors hold that teaching of thinking as process to students can be an excellent way to integrate various school subjects.

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