Discussion forum for the development of critical thinking in primary education students

Discussion forum for the development of critical thinking in primary education students: A few specific, hands-on activities in the classroom and throughout student training are necessary to develop critical thinking skills in people. In this study, instructors at Miguel de Cervantes University suggest ways to support the growth of forums as a key component in enhancing students’ critical thinking skills.

Discussion forums are places where students may participate in debates and discussions about a particular subject or area of interest. These talks can impact critical thinking, interpersonal relationships, and communication amongst participants.

This is the manuscript of a recently conducted study that was published in a journal with a high index by the following authors: Oscar Alfredo Rojas Carrasco, director of the Miguel de Cervantes University’s DPII; Adán Doria Velarde, Chorrillos Military School, Colonel Francisco Bolognesi, Lima, Peru; and Marlenis Marisol Martínez Fuentes, Miguel de Cervantes University. This article focuses on the search for educational initiatives that seek to address a significant social issue—students’ lack of critical thinking—and provide practical resources to raise awareness of this occurrence in young people.

This paper employs a quantitative descriptive technique with a population of sixty instructors employed by the aforementioned organization. Similarly, an instrument consisting of three response options (agree, neutral, and disagree) on a Likert scale was employed. The majority are aware that teachers have a very positive attitude toward discussion forums because they are seen as useful resources that foster the exchange of ideas, viewpoints, and information while fostering critical thinking. Discussion forums are also utilized to develop subjects via online platforms.

One of the article’s conclusions is that discussion boards help students develop their critical thinking skills by allowing them to engage in a world of differing perspectives, analyses, and interpretations of the material or themes covered in the curriculum. This allows students to appropriate skills and competencies that will benefit them in their training, both personally and professionally. Additionally, it gives students the capacity for social interaction, teamwork, participation, integration, motivation, and enthusiasm in learning. It also fosters communication among educators and, most importantly, advances scientific or research information.

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