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Developing critical thinking in student seafarers: An exploratory study


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Khan, U 2020 , 'Developing critical thinking in student seafarers: An exploratory study' , Journal of Applied Learning & Teaching, vol. 3, no. Sp. Is , pp. 40-50 , doi: 10.37074/jalt.2020.3.s1.15.

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Short course curricula for seafarers using a traditional, teacher-focused, instructional pedagogy has resulted in students demonstrating surface-level achievement of learning outcomes and limited development of their critical thinking skills. This paper reports on the introduction of a student-centric pedagogy aiming to develop self-directed learning and critical thinking. The elements included introducing authentic and collaborative learning activities, constructively aligned with the content delivery and assessment. The differences between the current ‘traditional’ approach and a ‘student-centric’ approach was evaluated. This included a pre- and post-test on student assessment, and a set of semi-structured interviews with the students. A thematic analysis identified three themes including: authentic learning, constructivist learning and self-directed learning. The evaluation demonstrated that a student-centric approach promotes critical thinking and active learning in students, improving learning outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Khan, U
Keywords: traditional teaching, constructivist learning, student engagement, teaching method.
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Applied Learning & Teaching
Publisher: Kaplan
ISSN: 2591-801X
DOI / ID Number: 10.37074/jalt.2020.3.s1.15
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Copyright 2020 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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