n Africa Education Review - The use of assessment in the development of higher-order thinking skills
|Article Title||The use of assessment in the development of higher-order thinking skills|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Journal||Africa Education Review|
|Author||Geesje Van den Berg|
|Publication Date||Jan 2004|
|Pages||279 - 294|
|Keyword(s)||Assessment, Higher-order thinking skills, In-service teacher training, Language teaching and Outcomes-based education|
In an increasingly complex and specialised society, it is imperative that individuals think critically and creatively. This kind of thinking is also required to achieve the critical outcomes as stated in the Revised National Curriculum Statement for South Africa. It seems, however, that higher-order thinking is unlikely to occur unless learners are engaged in activities that deliberately promote this kind of thinking. They should also be guided on how to engage in these complex thinking tasks. The aim of this article is to reflect on the use of assessment to promote learners' higher-order thinking skills. The role of assessment has implications for the nature of teacher training programmes. If lecturers model the way assessment can be done to develop higher-order thinking skills, it is hoped that teachers will have little difficulty in adapting it to their unique classroom situations. Examples from language modules of an in-service teacher training programme are used to show how assessment can be implemented to help learners develop higher-order thinking skills within the framework of outcomes-based education and the Revised National Curriculum Statement.
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