Developing Thai Students’ Analytical Thinking and Presentation Skills through Mind-Mapping Techniques

Abstract

Today teachers are mostly in charge of preparing students for life in the 21st Century. According to the well-known Framework for 21st century learning, the analytical thinking skill is determined as one of the needed abilities for learning at the university level. It is also explained that the analytical thinking is perceived as an important tool for both studying and life surviving. This experimental research was conducted with the following purposes: 1) to compare analytical thinking skills of students after providing the activities with Mind-mapping technique; 2) to evaluate the student’s presentation skills and obstacles occurred during their presentation; 3) to explore the student’s opinions toward the use of Mind–mapping Technique. Twenty two university students in education were selected by purposive sampling. The analytical thinking test, the presentation evaluation form, and student’s learning logs were used as the main research instruments. The results revealed that 1) student’s analytical thinking skill after the learning process through the use of Mind-mapping technique was higher than before; 2) most of students were able to generalize the topic presented clearly with high scores; and 3) students had good attitudes toward their learning process through the use of Mind-mapping technique. The study also indicated that analytical thinking practice is beneficial for the success of learning. However, the research urged that teachers should provide more activities requiring students to reflect on their learning processes; to enhance more sharing and more collaboration in learning.



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Phasuk Boontham, Chiang Rai Rajabhat University, Thailand

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Conference: ACEID2015
Stream: Education for sustainable development

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