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Effect of training teachers in stimulating higher-order thinking on teachers’ attitude and students’ creativity

Brandsma, Wendel R. (2020) Effect of training teachers in stimulating higher-order thinking on teachers’ attitude and students’ creativity.

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Abstract:In a fast changing society, the question arises as to what children need to learn in school, and therefore what teachers need to teach, to prepare children for the society of the future. Skills needed are called 21st century skills, including among others, creative thinking, critical thinking, and problem solving. Most teachers have a negative attitude towards teaching higher-order thinking skills. As a result, 21st century skills are not gaining foothold in education. The goal of this research was twofold: first, to evaluate the effect of a teacher development programme (TDP), focused on stimulating higher-order thinking, on the attitudes and behaviours of primary school teachers. This is researched through teacher attitude questionnaires with a quasi-experimental multiple measurement control group design. Second, to evaluate the effect of teacher-designed lessons aimed at stimulating higher-order thinking on the creativity of students. This is measured through a self-report questionnaire on creativity with a pre- and post-test. Results are compared by conducting repeated measurements analyses. Outcomes of the study show a significant effect of the TDP on all aspects of teacher attitude and most aspects of teacher behaviour. Results show no significant effect of stimulating higher-order thinking on creativity of students.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82881
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