Expanding on the evidence of Higher Order Thinking Skills in first year undergraduates

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Faragher, Lynette. 2017. "Expanding on the evidence of Higher Order Thinking Skills in first year undergraduates." 3rd Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success Conference (STARS 2017). Adelaide, Australia 02 - 05 Jul 2017 Australia.
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Expanding on the evidence of Higher Order Thinking Skills in first year undergraduates

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AuthorFaragher, Lynette
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 3rd Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success Conference (STARS 2017)
Student Success
Number of Pages10
Year2017
PublisherQueensland University of Technology
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1838-2959
2205-0795
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://unistars.org/papers/STARS2017/13B.pdf
Conference/Event3rd Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success Conference (STARS 2017)
Event Details
3rd Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success Conference (STARS 2017)
Parent
Students, Transitions, Achievement, Retention and Success (STARS) Conference
Delivery
In person
Event Date
02 to end of 05 Jul 2017
Event Location
Adelaide, Australia
Abstract

All students enter university with a ‘virtual uni bag’ containing their previous life experience as well as their existing knowledge and skills. If the teachers in the academy know what they bring and what will engage them, they could use that knowledge, when designing curriculum and assessment, to improve pedagogy to enhance the transition process for vulnerable students. This paper reports on innovative research into the Higher Order Thinking Skills present in a sample of pre-service education students’ writing in the genre of critical comparative analysis. Interviews were also conducted and analysed. Using analytical descriptors derived from the work of Marzano (2001) and focussing on the two’ top’ levels of skills the Self-system and Metacognition it was found that these aspects of the students’ skills were well represented. The paper ends with tentative suggestions for the use of this research in planning pedagogical approaches for first year courses.

KeywordsHigher Order Thinking Skills, transition pedagogy, engagement, Marzano, first year experience, innovative research
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390199. Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified
390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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