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Inovacije u nastavi - časopis za savremenu nastavu
2015, vol. 28, iss. 1, pp. 25-41
article language: Serbian
document type: Original Scientific Paper
published on: 29/07/2015
doi: 10.5937/inovacije1501025M
Inciting critical thinking of students: Attitudes and activities of teachers
Institute for Educational Research, Belgrade

e-mail: smirkov@ipi.ac.rs

Project

From encouraging initiative, cooperation and creativity in education to new roles and identities in society (MESTD - 179034)

Abstract

We have analysed results of interviewing teachers about their attitudes towards inciting critical thinking of students and in which extent they undertake activates directed to inciting critical thinking in teaching. Studying attitudes and activities of teachers is a part of the greater research about inciting creation, initiative and cooperation in teaching. Teachers from the primary schools in Serbia (N=1441) have been interviewed by the interview of a closed type, composed for the needs of this research. The aim was to determine structure and application of attitudes, which teachers express towards inciting critical thinking applied in teaching, as well as examining relations between attitudes and activities. We have checked possibilities of predicting activities of teachers directed to inciting critical thinking based on their attitudes. According to given results, attitudes of teachers can be described by five factors, and activities directed for inciting critical thinking are grouped, according to three factors. It has been determined that there are significant connections between attitudes and activities of teachers. Some activities of teachers can be predicted based on their attitudes, and the most significant predictor of all activities directed to inciting critical thinking in teaching is readiness for inciting independent thinking, students' questions and class discussion.

Keywords

inciting critical thinking; attitudes of teachers; activities of teachers; primary school

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