CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS IN NORTHERN ETHIOPIA: THE VIEWS OF PROSPECTIVE TEACHERS

Salih Ahmed Mahammoda, Mehmet Şahin

Abstract


In current curriculum one of the fundamental focuses is on the development of thinking skill in general and critical thinking skill in special. Critical thinking skill is one of the 21st century skills, and it is directly related with creativity and innovation. The central theme of this study is critical thinking and it aims to find out the views of prospective teachers on critical thinking skills, at the Dessei Teacher Training College in Ethiopia. It has been selected out of 32 governmentally accredited teacher-training colleges in the country because it is easily accessible and it is consumed that the participants here can represent the prospective teachers in the country. The required data for this qualitative study is obtained through focus group discussion with eight prospective teachers and face-to-face interview with three heads of departments at the college. The data has been transcribed, analyzed, and categorized to form the subtitles. As a result, the data is regarded as analyzing, logical argumentation, evidence based rational judgment, examining and open mindedness for ideas by prospective teachers but not practical due to environmental and personal factors.

Keywords


Thinking, types of thinking, critical thinking skills, prospective teachers

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