TOPS-2:A - Test of Problem Solving 2: Adolescent

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by Linda Bowers, Rosemary Huisingh,  Carolyn LoGiudice
 
Purpose: Diagnose Language-Based Thinking Deficits
Age:  12 through to 17yrs 11months
Time: 40 minutes
Admin: Individual
 

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While other tests may assess thinking skills by tapping mathematical, spatial, or nonverbal potential, the TOPS 2: Adolescent assesses critical thinking abilities based on the student's language strategies using logic and experience.

The TOPS 2: Adolescent uses a natural context of problem-solving situations related to adolescent experiences and assesses five different decision-making skill areas critical to academic, problem solving, and social success.

Based on the research of Richard Paul, the TOPS 2: Adolescent emphasises the integrative disposition of critical thinking by focusing on these cognitive processes:

  •     understanding/comprehension
  •     analysis
  •     interpretation
  •     self-regulation
  •     evaluation
  •     explanation
  •     inference/insight
  •     decision-making
  •     intent/purpose
  •     problem solving
  •     acknowledgment

Subtests

The test is comprised of five subtests (18 written passages) that assess a student's performance of these skills. The subtests require the student to pay careful attention to, process, and think about what they hear and read; think about problems with a purpose in mind; resist the urge to be impulsive; and express answers verbally.

  • Subtest A: Making Inferences- The student is asked to give a logical explanation about a situation, combining what he knows or can see with previous experience/background information. Students who do well on this subtest make plausible inferences, predictions, or interpretations.
  • Subtest B: Determining Solutions- The student is asked to provide a logical solution for some aspect of a situation presented in a passage.
  • Subtest C: Problem Solving- This subtest requires a student to recognize the problem, think of alternative solutions, evaluate the options, and state an appropriate solution for a given situation. It also includes stating how to avoid specific problems.
  • Subtest D: Interpreting Perspectives- A student who does well on this subtest will evaluate other points of view in order to make a conclusion.
  • Subtest E: Transferring Insights- The student is asked to compare analogous situations by using information stated in the passage.

COMPLETE TEST INCLUDES: Examiner's Manual, Reading Passages Book, and 20 Test Forms. (©2007)

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TOPS-2:A -Test of Problem Solving 2: Adolescent

by Linda Bowers, Rosemary Huisingh,  Carolyn LoGiudice   Purpose:  Diagnose Language-Based Thinking Deficits Age:  12 through to...
£203.00
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TOPS-2:A - Test Forms (20) Pack of 20 forms Qualification Level:  B 
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