Developing student's critical thinking skills 2013

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Developing student's critical thinking skills 2013

  1. 1. History Developing students’ critical thinking skills through the documents-based study http://pdst.ie/postprimary
  2. 2. 2 The documents-based study  Key syllabus objectives  Key learning outcomes  Key terms
  3. 3. 3 The documents-based study • Developing students’ historical literacy – Terms used in the syllabus objectives and learning outcomes – Terms that may be used in documents-based questions
  4. 4. 4 Thinking critically: learning to ask relevant questions of sources • What type of source is the document? • Who produced the document? • Why was this document produced? • In what circumstances was this document produced? • When was this document produced? • What can this document tell me? What questions can it answer/not answer?
  5. 5. 5 Thinking critically: learning to ask relevant questions of sources
  6. 6. 6 A card-sorting, critical skills activity • Rationale • What is involved
  7. 7. 7 Assessing students’ critical thinking skills: the documents-based question Format and question styles • Comprehension • Comparison • Criticism • Contextualisation
  8. 8. 8 The documents-based question, 2014-2015 Prescribed topic: The pursuit of sovereignty and the impact of partition, 1912-1949 Exemplar questions (HL and OL) • The Treaty negotiations, October-December, 1921 • Belfast during World War II • The Eucharistic Congress, 1932
  9. 9. Belfast during World War II http://www.secondworldwarni.org/associatedImage.aspx?pagerecordid=146
  10. 10. 11 The documents-based question Some comments from the Chief Examiner’s Report, 2011 • Lack of familiarity with vocabulary used • Failure to adequately refer to both documents, where required • Students jumping to conclusions about bias
  11. 11. 12 The documents-based question Marking scheme 2011 • Comments on work of journalists as primary source material • Marking indicators, Higher Level • Marking indicators, Ordinary Level
  12. 12. 13 Developing students’ historical literacy • Helpful words and phrases • Using writing frames to develop students’ historical writing skills
  13. 13. 14 Developing students’ historical literacy • A card-sorting exercise to help students structure an answer to an historical question – ‘Big points’ and ‘little points’
  14. 14. History http://pdst.ie/postprimary

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