StatusThe thesis was presented on the 24 February, 2023 at the meeting of the Scientific Council and now it is under consideration of the National Council.
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Thesis structure: The research paper includes an introduction, three chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, a bibliography with 200 sources, 158 pages of basic text, 6 appendices. The paper contains 46 tables and 15 figures. The research results are 15 (14 as sole author, 1 in co-authorship) scientific articles published in scientific journals and/or presented at international conferences with international participation.
The field of the research: General theory of education.
The purpose of the research: it consisted in establishing the conceptual, methodological bases and the psycho-pedagogical particularities of developing critical thinking in primary school students.
The objectives of the research were: the analysis of theoretical approaches to the development of thinking and critical thinking in primary school students; establishing the particularities of the manifestation of critical thinking in primary school students; substantiating the conceptual benchmarks for the development of critical thinking in primary school students focused on problem situations; elaboration of a methodology for the development of critical thinking in young schoolchildren; experimental validation of the methodology for developing critical thinking in primary school students.
The scientific novelty and the theoretical significance is determined by: (1) the theoretical foundation of the approach to achieve the interaction of the psychological and pedagogical/ methodological components of the development of critical thinking in young schoolchildren; (2) the inter- intra-disciplinary approach of the aspects related to critical thinking in the educational process; (3) exploring the methods and techniques of active learning in relation to the curricular contents and their effective combination; (4) substantiating the methodology for developing critical thinking in young schoolchildren focused primarily on problems and problem situations; (5) elaboration of the taxonomy of the general variable at the inter- trans-disciplinary level; (6) the deduction of the legitimacy for training of the students’ critical thinking skills through the interaction of the psychological approach and the pedagogical/ methodological approach, having the problem situation as a mobile mechanism.
The scientific problem solved aims to identify and capitalize on the particularities of training critical thinking in primary school students through mechanisms of interconnection of psychological, pedagogical and methodological approaches in the priority context of the problem and the problem-situation.
The applicative value of the research: the experimental validation of the methodology for the development of critical thinking in primary education, constituting an applicative model for teachers and the reorganization of learning contents with tasks that stimulate the critical thinking style, creating the premises for optimal integration to the requirements of a dynamic society.
Implementation of the scientific results: in the personal didactic activity at the primary school level at Vocational School in Petricani, Neamț County, Romania, during the annual methodical activities of the teaching staff gathered at the local level.
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