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Developing critical thinking in student seafarers: An exploratory study


Khan, U, Developing critical thinking in student seafarers: An exploratory study, Journal of Applied Learning & Teaching, 3, (Sp. Iss. 1) pp. 40-50. ISSN 2591-801X (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.37074/jalt.2020.3.s1.15


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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:traditional teaching, constructivist learning, student engagement, teaching method.
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Khan, U (Mr Umar Khan)
ID Code:139969
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2020-07-21
Last Modified:2021-01-06
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