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Critical thinking at primary school design and technology subject

Jona Zalar (2017) Critical thinking at primary school design and technology subject. Diploma thesis.

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    Thesis aims to present the state of critical thinking at primary school Design and Technology classes. First, we provide critical thinking definitions in everyday life as it has a key importance role for leading an efficient and quality lifestyle. Further characteristics that a critical thinker has to possess are presented. The guidelines for critical thinking teaching methods are briefly presented. For the field of design and technology subject no particular research focused on critical thinking can be found in Slovenia. For determining the level of critical thinking, we designed a measurement tool (a test). The tool covers goal-oriented exercises that prove critical thinking, according to the revised Bloom’s taxonomy scale. The selection test with one answer being the most accurate one was chosen as the most appropriate for determining the level of critical thinking. The test is designed in such a way that it is integrated in the metals subject matter which is a part of the design and technology curriculum. A pilot test was carried out in one of the elementary schools. We observed that the level of critical thinking in the area of Design and Technology is very low. The measurement tool serves as an annex to the thesis.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: Design and Technology, critical thinking, higher order thinking, revised Bloom’s taxonomy, metals, selection tests
    Number of Pages: 34
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Janez JamšekMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11658569)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 4594
    Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2017 09:50
    Last Modified: 20 Jul 2017 09:50
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/4594

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