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Examining critical thinking and language use through the use of WebQuests in an EFL reading class

หน่วยงาน สถาบันวิจัยและให้คำปรึกษาแห่ง มหาวิทยาลัยธรรมศาสตร์

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ชื่อเรื่อง : Examining critical thinking and language use through the use of WebQuests in an EFL reading class
นักวิจัย : Nunthika Puthikanon
คำค้น : Language arts , English as a Second Language , Educational technology , Critical thinking , EFL , ESL , Reading , Second language , WebQuests , Language use
หน่วยงาน : สถาบันวิจัยและให้คำปรึกษาแห่ง มหาวิทยาลัยธรรมศาสตร์
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ปีพิมพ์ : 2552
อ้างอิง : Thesis (Ph.D.)--Indiana University, 2009 , 9781109586756 , http://dspace.library.tu.ac.th/handle/3517/4253
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Several studies have demonstrated the advantages of WebQuests as a potential tool to promote critical thinking skills in L1 contexts. Yet, in EFL classrooms, inquiry into WebQuest use as an activity to promote critical thinking skills and language learning is extremely scarce. Given the positive results from the studies of WebQuests in L1 contexts, it is necessary to pursue the investigation of WebQuest use in an EFL course. The study presented investigates how students used critical thinking in a college-level EFL reading course in Thailand. It also examines how the teacher played a role in supporting students' use of critical thinking. The use of English language during the WebQuest activity is also explored. A case study approach with mixed methods research design was employed in this study. The data were collected from two classroom sections of an intermediate English reading course at a university in Thailand. Two WebQuests were implemented as a supplementary reading activity in the class. A rubric adapted from the Washington State University Critical Thinking Rubric was used to evaluate how students used critical thinking skills during the activity. Through classroom observations, student group discussions, student written products, interviews, and questionnaires, the role of the teacher and the English language used during the class were also examined. The results indicate that students used critical thinking during the WebQuest activity at a relatively high level. Students at both higher and lower levels of English proficiency actively analyzed, synthesized, evaluated, and reflected on information pertaining to the topic of the WebQuest. However, although higher proficiency students were able to transfer their thoughtful opinions and reasoning into the end products of the WebQuest, students with lower proficiency seemed to struggle with such tasks. The study also found that the role of the teachers in supporting students' use of critical thinking varied depending on their level of involvement in the process of student WebQuest activities. In addition, the students primarily used English reading and writing skills, which were the stated objectives of this course; they rarely used oral skills. The results of this study indicate that WebQuests can be a useful activity to promote critical thinking and English language use in an EFL reading course.

บรรณานุกรม :
Nunthika Puthikanon . (2552). Examining critical thinking and language use through the use of WebQuests in an EFL reading class.
    กรุงเทพมหานคร : สถาบันวิจัยและให้คำปรึกษาแห่ง มหาวิทยาลัยธรรมศาสตร์ .
Nunthika Puthikanon . 2552. "Examining critical thinking and language use through the use of WebQuests in an EFL reading class".
    กรุงเทพมหานคร : สถาบันวิจัยและให้คำปรึกษาแห่ง มหาวิทยาลัยธรรมศาสตร์ .
Nunthika Puthikanon . "Examining critical thinking and language use through the use of WebQuests in an EFL reading class."
    กรุงเทพมหานคร : สถาบันวิจัยและให้คำปรึกษาแห่ง มหาวิทยาลัยธรรมศาสตร์ , 2552. Print.
Nunthika Puthikanon . Examining critical thinking and language use through the use of WebQuests in an EFL reading class. กรุงเทพมหานคร : สถาบันวิจัยและให้คำปรึกษาแห่ง มหาวิทยาลัยธรรมศาสตร์ ; 2552.