Enormous student motivation and perseverance are required for Traditional IT courses. To overcome these problems, IT lecturers at UAE University’s University General Requirements Program have promoted a natural way of infusing creative and critical thinking in the classroom by structuring lessons in which students manage their own thinking, not a physical performance in the class. Three main critical and creative thinking methodologies (Open Compare and Contrast, Focused Compare and Contrast, and Determining Parts-Whole Relationships) were used with five ICT sections (about 100 students). This paper describes the new lesson plans, their overall effectiveness, and future plans. It also discusses the impact of these lessons on student learning and comprehension and also in terms of educational goals, contents, and assessment. The outcome of this research indicates that ICT classroom teaching methods changes will help students to become critical thinkers, able to search out, understand, analyze, and synthesize information.
Sharma, Anil; Alsuwaidi, Khalifa Ali; Na, Divya; and Boylan, Stephen, "Infusing Critical and Creative Thinking and Metacognition in ICT Education: A Classroom Study" (2008). CONF-IRM 2008 Proceedings. 36.