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The Process of Collaborative Concept Mapping in Kindergarten and the Effect on Critical Thinking Skills ARTICLE

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Journal of STEM Education Volume 19, Number 1, ISSN 1557-5284 Publisher: Laboratory for Innovative Technology in Engineering Education (LITEE)

Abstract

To develop and nurture critical thinking, students must have opportunities to observe and practice critical thinking in the classroom. In this parallel mixed method classroom study, we investigate the role of collaborative concept mapping in the development of kindergarten learners\u2019 critical thinking skills of analysis and interpretation over a five week period. Learners had two large group experiences and three dyad experiences of collaborative concept mapping. Results showed significant increases in critical thinking skills in the five week period when learners engaged in collaborative concept mapping supported by mentorship, discussion, and real-life scenarios. We propose collaborative concept mapping as an instructional strategy to develop critical thinking skills in the kindergarten classroom. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.

Citation

Sundararajan, N., Adesope, O. & Cavagnetto, A. (2018). The Process of Collaborative Concept Mapping in Kindergarten and the Effect on Critical Thinking Skills. Journal of STEM Education, 19(1),. Laboratory for Innovative Technology in Engineering Education (LITEE). Retrieved April 26, 2018 from .

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