A Framework for Implementing Higher-Order Thinking Skills (Problem-Solving, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, and Decision-Making) in Engineering Humanities

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Abstract

Learning skill is the ability to acquire basic knowledge and concepts across multiple dimensions (e.g., affective, psychomotor, and cognitive). Thinking is the ability to challenge and eventually develop acquired knowledge to a higher attainment level.The proposed framework models here are intended for developing, stimulating, and engaging students' complex thinking process skills. This is a higher-order thinking level and consists of four subthinking skills, i.e., problem-solving, critical thinking, creative thinking, and decision-making. Common and supporting thinking skills of these four levels are identified and derived from the literature, and additional sublearning skills are defined as general capacities to perform a set of tasks and further development of students' higher-order thinking abilities. Furthermore, questions for focusing thinking or learning activities are developed to transform learned knowledge and skills into practical activities. Hence, course assignments (e.g., homework and quizzes) and learning tools (e.g., mind map, flowchart) were developed to engage students in developing their skills in these four thinking levels. Learning assignments and tasks, as related to complex thinking and related subthinking skills, can be mapped to students' learning outcomes, assessed, and eventually allow evaluating learning skills. Proposed teaching activities' initial assessments show high improvement in student learning and were applied successfully in higher education and partially tested first-grade students. Furthermore, it is implemented using a blended learning approach through providing skills-based assignments (e.g., homework, quizzes), interactive lectures, and using learning tools such as mind maps. Initial assessment of students' outcomes showed an improvement by 20% as compared with course sections with typical course delivery mode.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 Advances in Science and Engineering Technology International Conferences, ASET 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781538682715
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 14 2019
Event2019 Advances in Science and Engineering Technology International Conferences, ASET 2019 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: Mar 26 2019Apr 10 2019

Publication series

Name2019 Advances in Science and Engineering Technology International Conferences, ASET 2019

Conference

Conference2019 Advances in Science and Engineering Technology International Conferences, ASET 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
CityDubai
Period3/26/194/10/19

Keywords

  • Creative Thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Decision-Making
  • Higher-Order Thinking
  • Learning Skills
  • Problem-Solving

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Ceramics and Composites

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