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The Effectiveness of a Training Program Based on Cognitive Research Trust Strategies to Develop Seventh Grade Students’ Critical Thinking in History Course

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Author(s): Zaid S.M. Al-Edwan | Zaid S.M. Al-Edwan

Journal: Journal of Social Sciences
ISSN 1549-3652

Volume: 7;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 436;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: CoRT strategies | critical thinking | history course | seventh grade students | teaching methods | economy project | training program | research trust strategies | experimental group | CoRT strategies | critical thinking | history course | seventh grade students | teaching methods | economy project | training program | research trust strategies | experimental group

ABSTRACT
Problem statement: This study focused on the importance of critical thinking in teaching methods especially in history course such as using thinking programs in teaching, this study aimed at exploring the effectiveness of a training program based on Cognitive Research Trust (CoRT) strategies to develop seventh grade student’s critical thinking in history course. Approach: To achieve this goal, a training program was designed based on CoRT strategies. A critical thinking test was prepared for the chapter entitled as “The Age of Revolutions”. The study sample consisted of 163 seventh grade male and female students in Amman Second directorate. The subjects were divided into two groups. The experimental group consisted of 80 male and female students, who were taught through the CoRT program and the control group which consisted of 83 students who were taught regularly. Results and Conclusion: The results showed that there are statistical differences in seventh grade student’s critical thinking for history course related to teaching methodology and for the way of the training program which is based on CoRT strategies.

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