Graduate students need to have an analytical thinking skill to do research and develop new knowledge and innovation by themselves. Concept mapping is an efficient tool for analytical thinking skill development. This research is focusing to develop the analytical thinking skill of graduate students by using the concept mapping. It is a classroom participatory action research that collected data in three loops of 2012-2013; Research-Based Learning (R1D1), Mind Mapping technique (R2D2), and Cmap Software (R3D3). Data is collect by using the reflective journals and cmaps from ten graduate doctoral students in the Comparative Higher Education course. Research instruments are an Analytical thinking skill analysis form, and reflective journals. The results show that teaching and learning processes by using research-based learning with the concept mapping can help students to develop their analytical skill in higher level. Using the Cmap software can help them analyze and organize their information from research papers and article, create the long term memory, and integration their information in one concept. Moreover, the designing of teaching plans and sequencing of assignment plans have effect on development processes of students’ analytical thinking skill.
Sornnate Areesophonpichet, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
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