The effect of 7E learning cycle model on the improvement of fifth grade students’ critical thinking skills

Mecit, Özlem
The main purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of 7E learning cycle model as an inquiry-based learning on the improvement of 5th grade students’ critical thinking skills. This study was conducted during 2005-2006 spring semester in a private primary school in Sakarya. A total of 46 fifth grade students from two different classes of the same science teacher was involved in the study. Two classes were randomly assigned as experimental group and control group. While students in the control group were instructed with traditional method, inquiry-based learning was carried out in the experimental group. Since phenomena that show cause and effect relationships are good inquiry subjects, water cycle in the science and technology curriculum was taken as the unit in the present study. The Cornell Conditional Reasoning Test, from the Cornell Critical Thinking Skills Tests Series was administered as pre-test and post-test to students both in the experimental and control groups. The effects of gender and family income of the students on the dependent variable were also checked. Statistical Analysis of Covariance was used to test the hypotheses of this study. The results indicated that the experimental group achieved significantly better than the control group in both the critical thinking skill test. In other words, inquiry-based learning improved students’ critical thinking skills. On the other hand, no significant effect of gender and family income on improvement of students’ critical thinking skills was found.


The Heuristic role of questions in the formation of research programmes: Copernicus’s heliocentric system
Altuğ, Sezen; Bağçe, Samet; Department of Philosophy (2016)
The aim of this thesis is to develop a critical view about the notion of the heuristic in Lakatos’s methodology of research programmes. The heuristic is tried to be sterilized from its defects with an insight derived from different forms of theories dealing with questions. For that reason, a short survey which includes Socratic dialogues, Hintikka’s theory of interrogative games, van Fraassen’s theory of why-questions, and Laudan’s analogy between science and problem-solving activity is introduced. As a res...
Alpaslan, Mustafa; Işıksal Bostan, Mine; Haser, Çiğdem (2011-02-13)
This study intends developing a valid and reliable instrument in order to determine pre-service mathematics teachers' attitudes and beliefs towards using history of mathematics in school mathematics courses. The data were collected at the beginning of the fall semester of 2010-2011 academic year from 237 teacher candidates in Turkey via Attitudes and Beliefs towards the Use of History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education (ABHME) Questionnaire developed by the researchers. The reliability coefficient of t...
The nature and development of interaction among components of pedagogical content knowledge in practicum
Aydın, Sevgi; Demirdogen, Betul; Akın Çelebi, Fatma; Kondakçı, Esen; Tarkin, Aysegul (2015-02-01)
This secondary analysis study focused on how interactions among preservice teachers' pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) components developed throughout a 14-week CoRe-based mentoringenriched practicum course, and the nature of those interactions. Data were collected from three preservice teachers, information-rich cases, by the use of content representation (CoRe) and semi-structured interviews. Content analysis and the constant comparative method were employed in the data analysis. Results revealed that t...
The comparative effects of prediction/discussion-based learning cycle, conceptual change text, and traditional instructions on students’ genetics understanding and self-regulated learning
Yılmaz, Diba; Öztekin, Ceren; Department of Educational Sciences (2007)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the comparative effects of prediction/discussion-based learning cycle (HPD-LC), conceptual change text (CCT), and traditional instructions (TI) on 8th grade students’ understanding of genetics concepts and on their perceived motivation and perceived use of learning strategies. This study was carried out during 2006-2007 fall semester at a public elementary school in Ankara. A total of eighty-one 8th grade students from three intact classes were involved in the qu...
The effect of flipped learning on pre-service teachers’ achievement and perceptions related to classroom environment
Özüdoğru, Melike; Aksu, Meral; Department of Educational Sciences (2018)
The purpose of this study was to develop and implement flipped learning materials in the Principles and Methods of Instruction course and investigate the effect of flipped learning on pre-service teachers’ achievement and perceptions related to the classroom environment. This study was conducted in the fall semester of 2017-2018 for 11 weeks at a public university located in the Aegean Region. This study employed an explanatory mixed method research design. There were 30 pre-service teachers in the experime...
Citation Formats
Ö. Mecit, “The effect of 7E learning cycle model on the improvement of fifth grade students’ critical thinking skills,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2006.