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Bruner 'ascribes an important role to language in the development of thinking: ESL new arrivals who transition to mainstream schooling are disadvantaged because they cannot learn effectively in the current student-centred constructivist method. In a constructivist classroom, the environment encourages critical and creative thinking, but ESL new arrivals are further disadvantaged because they cannot understand the thinking processes because they have not developed the language of thinking.
He supports his argument with key information from a national project designed to identify effective teaching practices for Year students with learning difficulties in Reading and Numeracy, conducted with private, independent and government schools Rowe,p.
This article is important in the context of my action research AR and supports the urgency of direct teaching the language of thinking to ESL new arrivals. Firstly, almost all of the ESL new arrivals are disadvantaged and from low socio-cultural backgrounds and contexts, because more affluent new arrivals have generally had English instruction or tuition in the homelands and do not require a NAP.
His findings are important in supporting my AR because we want to use direct, explicit teaching methods with the disadvantaged new arrivals, to teach them the thinking language because as soon as they enter mainstream schooling, they are confronted with an integrated, inquiry approach in the BER open learning spaces, and they are confronted with all the thinking processes without having been exposed to the language of thinking before.
As the SMR Outreach Services coordinator, I visit schools almost every day to access new arrivals and recommend the most appropriate ESL programs to accelerate English language acquisition. I see firsthand that many schools do not have ESL teachers, do not have an ESL program in the school, do not have experience of teaching ESL students, do not have an ESL curriculum and do not separate the ESL learners from the constructivist, inquiry or project based learning approach.
I concede that these schools may differentiate learning for ESL students, but this differentiation is within the inquiry curriculum, not a separate ESL curriculum and ESL new arrivals who have transitioned, suddenly have to participate in the student-centred constructivist approach to learning.
So, clearly, according to Rowe, they cannot and do not learn effectively, and are further disadvantaged as a result, on two fronts. Constructivist approaches to teaching now prevail as the predominant methods throughout the Victorian schools.
ESL new arrivals are still learning to speak, listen and read and write in English, so they need explicit instruction in the acquisition of basic language, for a long time to become proficient in English can take up to seven years after transition into mainstream schooling.
ESL new arrivals transition to mainstream schooling after two terms in a NAP, and still need direct, explicit teaching, modelling and scaffolding and learning material in small steps. The research base for Direct Instruction DI is grounded in findings from evidence-based research in cognitive science Rowe,p.
Since they do have to have an inquiry disposition, we can ensure that these ESL new arrivals, who do go into this system, are better able to cope. So, there is urgent justification for my project and my AR proposes to focus on the direct, explicit teaching of the language of thinking, so that they are better able to cope in the constructivist mainstream setting.
The data shows significant differences between the experimental and control groups and the training program had a huge impact on student improvement Morenc and Hogan,p. The research has important justification for my AR project of direct teaching of the language of thinking processes, because although the ESL new arrivals are predominantly not of Anglo Saxon or western race, have different cultural backgrounds and disadvantaged socio-economic status, they can improve their language of thinking processes and thinking skills, if we use direct teaching methods and introduce them to the thinking domain of the interdisciplinary strand.
The study involved an experimental and control group and results revealed that the experimental group outperformed the control group by a significant percentage on both speaking and writing tasks. The significance of PBLT for ESL learners is, according to Shahini and Riazi that it enhances thinking ability through L2 instruction, and the improvement of L2 proficiency, especially productive skills through philosophical discussion.
This study based on qualitative and quantitative data Shahini and Riazi,p. The ideas of Waters in Thinking and language learning for ESL students, reiterates some of the statements I have made and substantiates my proposed AR project.
Waters supports the importance of thinking for language learning. Waters proposes a lack of awareness about how levels of thinking can be conceptualised in ELT activities.
His paper attempts to clarify the types of thinking that ELT activities can promote, and how they can be integrated in a basic learning style. He provides a framework for analysing the types of thinking and uses it to illustrate how a range of thinking lessons can be incorporated into ELT lessons.
Water gives constructive ideas and suggestions for teaching thinking, using strategies and lessons for each category, clearly explaining how to teach the thinking explains how the level of thinking gradually increases Waters,p. The language he uses is never complex which he argues, is crucial for learners with low levels of language who have a need for activities which are linguistically manageable but also cognitively challenging Waters,p.
The paper by Waters has implications for my AR project, because we can use these strategies and sample activities to assist ESL new arrivals to learn the language of thinking and be cognitively challenged at the same time.
The ESL new arrivals have developed cognitive thinking processes in their own environments and struggle to articulate their thinking language in English.The Perception of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skill among Malaysian Undergraduate Students literatu re will be reviewed in the students perceived to have had high critical.
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While there is no universal agreement about the dimensions of thinking skills and creativity or their themes, debates and terms, we welcome methodological advancements and critiques that progress current thinking and stimulate developments about the naming and framing of boundaries and related fields of knowledge.
Our work centers on instructional strategies for fostering critical thinking skills in high school students using bioethical case studies, decision-making frameworks, and structured analysis tools to scaffold student argumentation.
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