critical thinking

  • Critical Thinking in Initial Teacher Education: Secondary Data Analysis from Ahelo GS Feasibility Study in Slovakia

    Author: Denisa Šukolová
    Author: Magdaléna Nedelová
    Year of publication: 2017
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    Pages: 19-29
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    PDF: tner/201703/tner20170301.pdf

    The study presents a secondary analysis of the “Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes, Generic Skills Strand”, the international study of critical thinking skills (OECD, 2012). National secondary analyses include a comparison of student teachers (n = 110) and students of other study programmes (n = 413) in critical thinking and investigates a potential relation of contextual characteristics with their critical thinking performance. Performance Task and Multiple Choice Questions were used to measure critical thinking skills and a Contextual Questionnaire was used to collect socio-demographic data, and subjectively evaluated characteristics related to test-taking motivation and coursework. The main results showed that student teachers scored lower in critical thinking performance than students of other study programmes.

  • Critical Thinking and Its Relationship with Social Tolerance among Students

    Author: Somayeh Najaf
    Author: Afsaneh Marziyeh
    Author: Abdulwahab Pourghaz
    Year of publication: 2017
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    Pages: 91-100
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    PDF: tner/201703/tner20170307.pdf

    The present study aimed to explain the relationship between critical thinking and social tolerance among the students of the faculty of psychology and educational sciences of Zahedan University. The study methodology was descriptive-correlational. 294 students were selected from the faculty of psychology and educational sciences of Zahedan University in BA and MA courses by the stratified sampling method by Morgan Table. For data collection, a researcher-built questionnaire of social tolerance and the critical thinking questionnaire by Ricketts were applied and the reliability of these two questionnaires by Cronbach’s alpha was 0.84 and 0.85, respectively. The results of the correlation test showed that there was a positive and significant relationship between critical thinking and political, ethnic, nationality toleration, toleration against coverage and relationship and total toleration. The stepwise regression analysis showed that critical thinking dimensions explained the variance of social tolerance.

  • Development of pupils’ critical thinking skills through journal writing

    Author: Birsen Bağçeci
    Institution: Gaziantep University
    Author: Mustafa Şenel
    Institution: Gaziantep University
    Year of publication: 2019
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    Pages: 129-139
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    PDF: iffe/12/iffe1208.pdf

    This research was conducted in the fourth grade of a private primary school in Gaziantep in 2018-2019 academic year in order to provide pupils with critical thinking skills. This study was conducted as a qualitative case study. 23 pupils participated in the programme. In a two-month study, they were given 22 journal writing titles to improve their critical thinking skills. They wrote their journals for 5-10 minutes at the beginning of lessons. At the end of the process, the pupils and the teacher were asked to write their views about the critical journal writing programme in the form of an interview. Data were analysed by means of NVIVO 12 for Mac. According to the findings, critical thinking and writing activities positively affected the pupils’ development of critical thinking skills.

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