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ERIC Number: EJ817364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0261-9768
The Relationship between Critical Thinking Skills and In-Class Questioning Behaviours of English Language Teaching Students
Seker, Hasan; Komur, Sevki
European Journal of Teacher Education, v31 n4 p389-402 Nov 2008
It is important that trainee teachers in the faculties of education should develop their critical thinking skills so that they can meet the expectations and needs of their profession. This study aimed at investigating the relationship between critical thinking skills and in-class questioning behaviours of English Language Teaching (ELT) students at the Faculty of Education at Mugla University. The authors attempted to find out answers to the following questions: "What kinds of questions do students in lower and higher critical thinking groups ask?" and "Is there a difference between the questions of students with higher and lower critical thinking scores?" Three data collection instruments were used: Ennis-Weir Critical Thinking Essay Test; a reading passage; and a structured interview. The findings obtained suggest that the questions asked by the students of the higher critical thinking score group are not questions that clarify unclear points, but questions asked out of curiosity, to remove the uncertainties, and to lead people to think profoundly. Moreover, these students ask questions to find alternatives, to think the reverse and to head for new ideas. The students in the higher score group experienced thinking processes more intensively than the lower score group. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey