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ERIC Number: EJ1058493
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: EISSN-1446-6120
Developing Critical Thinking Skills through the Use of Guided Laboratory Activities
Croner, Patrick
Science Education Review, v2 n2 p46.1-46.13 2003
In a study to evaluate an approach for improving the critical thinking skills of middle school science students, 60 students were given the assignment of completing three guided laboratory activities and writing a report for each. In writing their reports, students were expected to identify the manipulated variable, identify the responding variable, write a statement of the problem, make a prediction, display the data in a well-organized table, depict the data from the table in a graph, and write a conclusion that showed how the data supported or refuted the prediction. Higher level thinking skills demonstrated by such tasks included analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. The student laboratory reports were evaluated using a comprehensive rubric. It was found that repeated use of the guided laboratory activities produced remarkable improvements in students' higher-level thinking skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California