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Sana’a Izzeldeen Abed alhameed ATARI ‎

ATTITUDES OF ARABIC LANGUAGE TEACHERS IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ‎JERUSALEM ‎TOWARDS TEACHING CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS

This study is concerned with identifying the attitudes of teachers ‎in secondary ‎schools in Jerusalem towards teaching critical ‎thinking, and identifying the ‎educational strategies they actually ‎use to develop it.‎ The importance of this study is highlighted in identifying teachers’ ‎attitudes ‎towards teaching critical thinking, and in encouraging ‎teachers and students to ‎liberate themselves from the traditional ‎patterns prevailing in education, and ‎replace them with ‎educational patterns based on the use of thinking ‎teaching ‎programs, to develop students’ latent skills and energies.‎ The researcher asked the following main question: “What are the ‎attitudes of ‎teachers in secondary schools in Jerusalem towards ‎teaching critical thinking ‎skills?” The following two sub-questions ‎branched out from this main question: ‎The first: What are the ‎educational strategies that teachers use to develop ‎critical ‎thinking skills? The second: Do teachers intend to use ‎educational strategies that ‎develop critical thinking, or do they use ‎them by chance and without planning?‎ To answer the research questions, the researcher chose a ‎purposive sample of ‎teachers in secondary schools in Jerusalem. ‎The qualitative approach was used in ‎the study, and the research ‎tool was discussion in the focus group. The study was ‎conducted in ‎the first semester of the academic year 2022/2023. After ‎collecting ‎the data, the researcher analyzed it qualitatively, and ‎arrived at the following ‎main results: There are some strategies ‎that teachers use to develop critical ‎thinking skills, and their use ‎varies from one teacher to another, and teachers’ ‎attitudes ‎towards enhancing critical thinking skills range between desire ‎and lack ‎thereof, and whoever has the desire does not have the ‎knowledge and skill. And ‎experience, as well as the teachers’ use of ‎some strategies for teaching critical ‎thinking is unintentional and ‎unplanned. The study concluded with a number ‎of ‎recommendations based on the results of the study, the most ‎important of which ‎are: that the responsible authorities in the ‎Ministry of Education prepare special ‎training programs for ‎teachers in using strategies for teaching critical thinking ‎skills, ‎and that other studies be conducted on critical thinking strategies ‎within the ‎framework of various academic subjects, and the last ‎recommendation is that ‎Other studies are being conducted that ‎link inclinations toward critical thinking ‎and its skills, due to the ‎importance of inclinations toward critical thinking in ‎acquiring ‎and developing skills

Keywords: Teachers’ Attitudes - Critical Thinking - Skills - Secondary Schools ‎‎- Arabic Language.‎

http://dx.doi.org/10.47832/2791-9323.‎‏4‏‎-4‎‏.‏‎‏1‏


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