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ERIC Number: ED537604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr-20
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Teacher and Student Perceptions of Critical and Creative Thinking within a Science Programme for High Ability Females in Singapore: Implications for Classroom Practice and Staff Development
Slatter, Christopher John
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It can be rationalised that the education of high ability students is of immense importance to society, based on the principle that many of tomorrow's pioneers within the field of science will originate from this group of individuals. Consequently, these students must be equipped with critical and creative thinking skills to fulfil their intellectually demanding roles within the field of science. One way that this might be achieved is to incorporate critical and creative thinking skills into a science programme for high ability learners. This paper reports on a quantitative study that was performed to investigate teacher and student perceptions of critical and creative thinking within a science programme for high ability females at a secondary school in Singapore. Several strong correlations were identified between teachers' classroom practice and students' critical/creative thinking within the classroom. It was also discovered that students were more likely to use critical thinking skills within a science classroom compared to any other subject, but that they were more likely to use creative thinking skills while preparing for competitions such as Future Problem Solving and Odyssey of the Mind. These findings have implications for staff development within the school and the use of classroom strategies to teach critical and creative thinking. (Contains 6 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A