Critical thinking: From the online environment to the multicultural classroom

Godat, Meredith M. & Whiteley-Degraaf, Kate M. (2003) Critical thinking: From the online environment to the multicultural classroom. In OLT 2003 Excellence: making the connections, 5th November, 2003, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. (Unpublished)


There is minimal evidence to show that instructional design (where communication and critical thinking is a crucial part of the learning process in the classroom) has catered for ethnic groups for whom English is not their first language. Computer-mediated communication can provide a social aspect to learning where interaction involves an exchange of information and requires participants to formulate arguments or reorganise material to arrive at new relationships or concepts (Graham & Scarborough, 1999). This paper demonstrates the use of the video and online discussion forums as part of a ‘layered learning technique’ as a tool for developing critical thinking. It shows the results of a pilot study of how prior exposure to activities and materials integrated within a structured online discussion forum can effectively facilitate interaction and discourse among students of ethnic origins and help them acquire critical thinking skills.

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ID Code: 81
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Critical thinking, multicultural, computer, mediated communication, online discussion forum
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Industrial and Organisational Psychology (170107)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > OTHER INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (089900) > Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified (089999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 10 Jun 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2016 05:39

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