THE EFFECT OF THE STRATEGIES OF GUIDED IMAGERY AND PROBLEM SOLVING
IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS AMONG THE EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS IN ISLAMIC EDUCATION IN JORDAN
This study aimed at uncovering the effect of using the strategies of guided imagery and problem solving in the development of critical thinking among the eighth grade students in the field of Islamic education at Madaba First Secondary School for Boys for the academic year 2017/2018.. In this study, the researcher followed the semi- experimental method.. To achieve the aim of the study, the researcher applied Watson & Glasser critical thinking test in its dimensions (Prediction, Hypothesis, Interpretation, Evaluation, Conclusion, and deduction). The control and experimental groups were randomly assigned to this school. Three classes of the eighth grade students were selected. Class (A) which consisted of (27) students studied in the strategies of guided imagery, class (b) which consisted of (25) students studied in the problem solving strategy, and class (c) which was the controlling group and consisted of 24 students studied in the usual manner.
The data were then collected and analyzed statistically. The results of the study revealed that there were statistically significant differences at the level of (α = 0.05) in the level of development of critical thinking skills. The group of guided imagery obtained an average of (10.52) (10.94). The control group obtained a total mean (7.18) and shows the difference in favor of the two experimental groups; this is due to the strategies of guided imagery and problem solving. The value of the ETA box for the total score (0.81) indicates a significant explanatory difference, and the absence of statistically significant differences at (α = 0.05) level in the development of critical thinking skills between the use of guided imagery and problem solving strategies in Islamic Education for the eighth grade . In light of the results, a number of recommendations and suggestions were presented to activate strategies for the development of critical thinking in teaching.
Keywords:strategy of guided imagery, problem solving strategy, critical thinking, Islamic education, eighth grade class
يوسف مفلح أبو الخيل
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