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ERIC Number: EJ910946
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0126-7663
Developing Thinking Skills in Malaysian Science Students via an Analogical Task
Salih, Maria
Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, v33 n1 p110-128 2010
Teaching thinking skills to students is often associated with a thinking strategy or a specific thinking technique. The strategy or technique may refer to a series of steps that is systematically drawn up to ensure that the teaching of thinking skills takes place effectively. In the case of Malaysia, a conceptual framework of Thinking Skill Thinking Strategy (TSTS) was constructed by the Curriculum Development Centre to infuse thinking in students. The TSTS framework (Malaysia, Curriculum Development Centre, 2001) found in the Science Curriculum Specification acts as a guide for teachers to teach the skills during the teaching and learning process. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the potential of an analogical task in accelerating the thinking skills of Malaysian students in the teaching and learning of an abstract biology concept. The analogical task given to 99 biology students seemed to enhance the various thinking skills depicted in the TSTS framework. As the students strive to generate their respective analogies, their reasoning capabilities, creative and critical thinking skills as well as their thinking strategies developed significantly. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia