Students are also helped
to realize it as a goal when thinking becomes the content. Time should be taken
to teach thinking skills and strategies directly. Discussion of students'
problem solving processes should be conducted, inviting them to share their
metacognition, to reveal their intentions and plans for solving a problem.
Unlike many other educational innovations and experiments,
educators are viewing the infusion of thinking skills as a three to five year
process. They are realizing that such a change cannot be a quick-fix. Research
seems to indicate that it takes about two years of well defined instruction with
qualified teachers and carefully constructed curriculum materials before a
significant and enduring change in students' behavior is observed.