An experience of a three-year study on the development of critical thinking skills in flipped secondary classrooms with pedagogical and technological support

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Abstract

The aim of this study was attempting to investigate the outcome of critical thinking achievement of learners when its development is infused into subject teaching with pedagogical and technological support. A total of 124 junior secondary students participated in the three-year trial teaching in Integrated Humanities subject. Flipped classroom strategy was implemented to engage learners in online pre-lesson learning preparation, in-class group discussion inside digital classroom and after-class extended learning using social learning platform. The critical thinking tests found that the students had good performance in the tasks on hypothesis identification, induction and deduction; and some achievements in the tasks on explanation and evaluation. It was found that students needed more time to develop capacities of deduction, explanation and evaluation. The semi-structured interviews found that the teachers and students valued the pedagogical way of providing guidance for students’ group sharing for fostering critical thinking skills development. Three implications are discussed to shed light on the infusion of critical thinking skills development into the process of domain knowledge learning, the deployment of appropriate pedagogy to mobilize learners to engage in learning process, and the use of appropriate technology to facilitate learning process inside and outside of classroom. Copyright © 2015 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-31
JournalComputers & Education
Volume89
Early online dateSep 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Citation

Kong, S. C. (2015). An experience of a three-year study on the development of critical thinking skills in flipped secondary classrooms with pedagogical and technological support. Computers & Education, 89, 16-31.

Keywords

  • Applications in subject areas
  • Improving classroom teaching
  • Pedagogical issues
  • Secondary education
  • Teaching/learning strategies

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