Title

Examination performance: Improvement through critical thinking

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Edith Cowan University

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Computer and Information Science

RAS ID

4894

Comments

This article was originally published as: Williams, P. & Mahncke, R. (2006). Examination performance: Improvement through critical thinking. Making and keeping connections: Life, learning and information networks: Proceedings of the Transforming Information and Learning Conference. (pp.128-137) Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia.

Abstract

The stakeholders in education are not only students, teachers, faculties, schools and universities; they extend to employers, industry and the broader community. Universities translate these stakeholders' expectations into skills known collectively as 'graduate attributes'. Critical thinking is one of these desirable graduate attributes and is accepted as a generic lifelong skill that all graduates should possess. However, it is a generic skill that is not explicitly taught to students in the School of Computer and Information Science (SCIS), whilst it is a core subject for other undergraduate degrees. This research addressed this dilemma by developing teaching tools that promoted improved student outcomes in written examinations through critical thinking.

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