Educating Grade 6 students for higher-order thinking and its influence on creativity

Daher, Wajeeh ; Tabaja-Kidan, Amal ; Gierdien, Faaiz (2017)

CITATION: Daher, W., Tabaja-Kidan, A. & Gierdien, F. 2017. Educating Grade 6 students for higher-order thinking and its influence on creativity. Pythagoras, 38(1):a350, doi:10.4102/pythagoras.v38i1.350.

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Educating students for higher-order thinking provides them with tools that turn them into more critical thinkers. This supports them in overcoming life problems that they encounter, as well as becoming an integral part of the society. This students’ education is attended to by educational organisations that emphasise the positive consequences of educating students for higher-order thinking, including creative thinking. One way to do that is through educational programmes that educate for higher-order thinking. One such programme is the Cognitive Research Trust (CoRT) thinking programme. The present research intended to examine the effect of the participation of Grade 6 students in a CoRT programme on their creative thinking. Fifty-three students participated in the research; 27 participated in a CoRT programme, while 26 did not participate in such programme. The ANCOVA test showed that the students who participated in the CoRT programme outperformed significantly, in creative thinking, the students who did not. Moreover, the students in the CoRT programme whose achievement scores were between 86 and 100 outperformed significantly the other achievement groups of students. Furthermore, students with reported high ability outperformed significantly the other ability groups of students. The results did not show statistically significant differences in students’ creativity attributed to gender.

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