Instructional Strategy for Critical Thinking Disposition: Preparing Prospective Elementary Teachers in the Twenty-first Century

    Sukardi Abbas ,Julkarnain Syawal ,Ramli Yusuf
    Keywords: Collaborative Inquiry Learning, Critical Thinking Disposition, Prospective Science Teachers ,


    Applying active learning to promote students' critical thinking disposition is one of a current educational
    goal. However, it is very rare to find the research that explores the critical thinking disposition, particularly
    for the students who are prospective elementary school science teachers. This study aims to investigate
    the effects of collaborative inquiry learning on the critical thinking disposition. A quasi-experimental
    design with a pre-test/post-test control group was used. The total of 149 students of primary school
    teacher education programs participated in this study. They were divided into two groups, namely the
    experimental group who received treatment with the collaborative inquiry learning strategy (experiment)
    and the control group received treatment with the conventional strategy. The critical thinking disposition
    data were obtained through the critical thinking disposition inventory test and analyzed by using paired
    t test. The findings of this study indicate that the students in the experimental class who were exposed to
    collaborative inquiry learning obtained higher critical thinking disposition scores than the students in the
    control class. The findings of this study reveal that collaborative inquiry learning can be an effective
    strategy to improve critical thinking disposition.

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