Chapter One: Introduction
A university is a tertiary institution of higher learning, where persons go to obtain academic degrees and certificates in a variety of career paths. This level of educational training requires critical thinking and analytical skills. A person who is pursuing a degree or has received a degree in any subject area is expected to behave or operate in a manner that is different from a person who has not matriculated to this level. Although this is what is expected, over time behavioural patterns have shown that this is not the case. The argument is that, university students seem to be spending a great amount of time on their technological devices engaging in ...view middle of the document...
Research Problem Statement
After observing tertiary students for about three years, a decline in the critical thinking skills of these students has been noticed by the researchers. These students are unable to carefully analyse a situation or problem and provide rational and objective solution. Their statements are driven by their own bias and their arguments are not substantial. The manner in which they behave is similar to that of individuals who have not reached the tertiary level of education. It is believed that one of the reasons for this decline is that students are spending a significant portion of time using technologies for pleasure rather than spending time reading, and utilizing these technologies in ways that will harness and enhance the critical thinking and analytical thinking skills that should be evident in their behaviour at this stage of life.
Purpose of the study
To determine the extent to which technology has impacted the critical thinking skills of tertiary students.
1. What are some of the technologies that tertiary students have access to?
2. How are tertiary students utilizing the technologies that they have access to?
3. What are the psychological effects of using technology?
4. How can instructors use technology to improve students’ critical thinking skills?
Expected benefits or significance of the Study
The significance of this study is to enable future educators to develop or find innovative ways of incorporating the use of technology and these activities that students engage in, in the classroom so as to tap into students’ critical thinking processes and improve their critical thinking skills.
Definition of terms
Technology are devices such as the cell phones, cameras, laptops, computer and tablets that are used for educational and recreational activities.
Critical Thinking is the ability to have a clear and rational thinking. The ability to use what has been taught to reason out a situation and solve a problem.
Generation C is the generation that is empowered by technology; there is a great need for the latest gadget.
Upper level students are students that are within a tertiary institution.
Delimitations of the Study
The following are the factors that limit the scope of study:
1. Participation in this study was limited to students that attend the university. The students will be chosen from each of the faculties of the university, no matter the year they are in.
2. Each of the respondents was given the same questionnaires to answer.
3. The research questions were answered based on the subjective opinions of the respondents.
Duncan-Howell, J. And Lee, K. (2007) Finding a place for mobile technologies within tertiary educational settings. Retrieved February 07, 2013 from http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/singapore07/procs/duncan-howell.pdf
Foundation of Critical Thinking...