Proceedings of The 2nd World Conference on Research in Teaching and Education
Effects of implementing Critical Thinking on Developing Students’ Abilities for Independent Learning in 9 – year Elementary Schools in Gjakova Region
Preparing students for independent and effective learning is a school’s challenge and a difficult task for teachers to achieve. In contemporary schools one of their objectives is to prepare students for active acquisition of knowledge and the development of learning habits throughout their lives. Critical thinking teaching as an alternative to reform teaching and general education practice of our schools is helping to mobilize students for active knowledge acquisition. The philosophical approach of this program requires students’ individual and group engagement in solving of different tasks. These questions set as questions and learning problems develop students’ various research and interests habits. Students during interactive learning learn from each others experience the path of recognition. Instigated by the teacher these experiences and paths of success share with each other, which they may then adopt as models of success. The above contributions of critical thinking teaching to preparing students for independent learning are addressed in this paper primarily from a theoretical perspective. Further to better argue our views and the results of schools that apply critical thinking in preparing students for productive and independent learning we have also received the opinions of students and their teachers from two school environments. Opinions of teachers and students from schools that implement Critical Thinking Strategies and Techniques and from other schools that still work on traditional teaching forms and approaches. We have processed this data through SPSS computer program and we present this paper as comparable findings through tabular and graphical percentages.
Keywords: contemporary teaching, interactive learning, independent learning, learning habits, learning outcomes.