student profile: Miss Rula Mahdi


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Thesis title: The Effect of a Creative Thinking Program on Developing English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Students' Critical Thinking Skills in Writing

Supervisors: Huizhong SHEN

Thesis abstract:

Recent studies in foreign and second language instructions suggest that thinking has rarely been an integral part of education and training in classroom. Some scholars decried the lack of emphasis on thinking in the institutes and schools. They noted that memorization and drills were rewarded, while inquiry, reflection, and consideration of alternatives were frowned upon. In education, students are routinely taught how to use various sets of cognitive tools to make academic work easier, more efficient, or more productive: for example, research methods, note-taking strategies, or ways to remember and organize information. In teaching thinking, students are given cognitive tools and taught to use these tools systematically to solve real-life problems and to manage change. These tools apply to two essential categories: creative thinking and critical thinking. Therefore, the critical thinking and creative thinking are thought to be the skills of vital importance for success at school and in life. Additionally, EFL students used to receive writing lectures with very limited interaction inside classroom. They seek to get ready notes from undocumented sources and memorize and recite these notes on the test paper. In spite of the variety of literary genres they are exposed to, they have noticeable weaknesses in communication skills, lacking the ability to transfer what they have studied into real life situations or transect their academic experiences with the future life situation by using their imaginative ability in order deal with their new life situations. This study investigates the effect of a designed creative thinking program on developing EFL student’s critical thinking skills in writing. The students will be asked to write short stories and a wide range of topics of their own choice using their own life experiences as inspiration for their writing. The study will follow the quasi-experimental design and the descriptive method in collecting data. The sample of the study includes two intact classes around 40 EFL students of the same level in one of the Jordanian universities, Amman, Jordan for the academic year 2016/2017. The participants will bedivided into two groups: one class for the control group and another class for the experimental group. The control group continues studying the traditional teaching way while the experimental group will receive the designed program for a period of three months (one academic semester). The exam results and the students’ writing mean score of the post-test will be employed as the instrument of collecting data.The statistical program SPSS will be utilized to organize and compile the collected data.

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