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    School system’s failure to teach logical thinking linked to low PISA scores

    School system?s failure to teach logical thinking linked to low PISA scores

    December 14, 2016

    School system’s failure to teach logical thinking linked to low PISA scores

    ACADEMICS HAVE called for a major reform in Thailand’s education system and blame students’ low scores in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) on the system’s failure to encourage logical thinking.

    Thailand Research Fund (TRF) discussed the bad performance at a press conference after research exposed problems in the current curriculum as well as considerable disparity driven by financial status.

    The 2015 PISA academic evaluation scores, disclosed earlier this month, showed the academic performance of Thai students was far behind their peers from neighbouring countries such as Singapore and Vietnam. Thai students only ranked 54th in science and maths and 57th in reading out of 70 countries.

    Pattamawadee Pochanukul, TRF deputy director and lecturer from Thammasat University’s Faculty of Economics, said research revealed that schools failed to foster critical thinking, analytical skills and logic among students. It also showed that financial disparity also affected students from developing these skills.

    “TRF researchers focused on 2,901 Grade 6 students, 2,305 Grade 10 students and 1,029 vocational students from 10 provinces by testing them on an exam similar to the one at PISA. The test evaluated logical thinking and analytical skills, and learned that the average score was just 36.5 per cent, with just 2.09 per cent of all students passing the exam,” Pattamawadee said.

    “Our research results were in line with the PISA score and showed that Thai students lack proper analytical ability and logical thinking skills. We need to do something to improve this situation.”

    She added that the researchers also explored the factors that affected students’ analytical abilities and learned that school records, monthly income of the students’ family and additional tuition played a big part.

    “We found that students whose families have a monthly income of Bt40,000 or more and can pay for extra tuition classes did better on our test. This shows that disparity in financial status plays a big part in students’ abilities,” she said.

    “However, the finding that most stood out was that students with a high grade in school tended to have lower analytical and logical thinking skills.”

    Sutheera Prasertsan, a lecturer from the Prince of Songkla University’s Engineering Faculty, noted that a curriculum that only focuses on learning by rote discourages the development of critical and logical thinking. In other words, students who get a high grade in school are only good at memorising, but perform poorly on solving problems on the basis of logic and analysis.

    Sutheera, who has helped develop young researchers with TRF, said the country’s education system required reform at all levels as teaching methods had to be modernised, authoritarianism in classrooms abolished and students’ logic skills sharpened. Students should also focus more on reading and writing skills, he said.

    “The problem with our education system is that there is no room for creativity and critical thinking, though this can be changed by changing the teacher-student relationship so students feel safe enough to express their ideas and exercise their abilities,” he said.

    “Teachers will have to change their role and become a coach who helps students maximise their abilities and encourages their learning based on logical research.”

    Pattamawadee agreed, adding that problems in Thailand’s education system, including disparity, could be resolved by reforming teaching methods and getting teachers to play a significant role.

    “Disparity is obviously the key problem in our education system, but good teachers can greatly improve the situation even if they are in a small rural school. The government, however, also needs to step in and provide these teachers with sufficient resources,” she said.

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    Yup, the curriculum is shite here. They force the kids to become drones and mostly, when they do actually "teach" them, teach them about totally irrelevant shite.

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    ...then the parents have to pay extra for the good stuff.

    Do it right first time and you have no punters for the extras.

    Thailand in a nutshell.

    They can hang the term 'critical thinking' on it, or whatever label they like.

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    Unlike many of the kids in the developed world sure critical thinking, science labs may not match EU or USA

    However many will inherit house and land with no mortgage
    Retire in 50s into a warm sunny land full of natural food few restrictions
    They have little or no pensions as their kids will provide
    They have little or no foresight, worry or anxiety
    Few dream of retiring to London Sydney or New York nor would I
    Why would they if the screw up have another go in the next life, bit like here

    I have no illusions about rural life, money lenders and the level of health care and provision for the handicapped but having wandered the globe folks on average esp old folks seem remarkably healthy content

    Hard work in the fields, cycling walking , a diet of rice veg fish and ghosts should be marketed.

    A literary agent Malcolm Inter Muddle is due shortly to fix it all in the nest of all possible worlds

    Schools need a TOPPER UP or as they say in sheepshagging community a TUPPER
    I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn’t find any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna
    ACADEMICS HAVE called for a major reform in Thailand’s education system and blame students’ low scores in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) on the system’s failure to encourage logical thinking.
    They fail to encourage any type of free thought lest the cracks appear through the carefully prepared truth. The nation is built on lies and those lies are reflected in the scores achieved.

    Simple really....

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    Critical, challenging, and independent thought and the basic encouragement throughout the society and schooling systems is one thing - but to hang a comparative distinction as to what logical reasoning might be is rather futile.

    Who's logic?
    What standard?


    Nothing guaranteed when delving in and promoting absolutes.

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    Thanks Chas hope you fit down the chimney

    For those uninterested in Ed theory TED talks have loads of great 15-20 minute talks by experts on Science Business Arts almost any subject including humour, checkout the menu

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    Cheers Dave, alittle humour goes a long way.

    My favourite is Hans Rosling

    https://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosli...th?language=en

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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui View Post
    Cheers Dave, alittle humour goes a long way.

    My favourite is Hans Rosling

    https://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosli...th?language=en
    Agreed an inspirational presenter

    His earlier one showing pop growth is a classic on how to present data


    Hans Rosling: New insights on poverty | TED Talk | TED.com

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