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Innovations in Practice Teaching High School Students Applied Logical Reasoning

By Dan Bouhnik and Yahel Giat

Abstract

The rapid changes in information technology in recent years have rendered current high school curricula unable to cope with student needs. In consequence, students do not possess the proper skills required in today’s information era. Specifically, many students lack the skills to search efficiently for information. Moreover, even when abundant information is available to them, students are unable to critically read, analyze, and evaluate it. To address these problems we developed a high school course designed to provide students with applied logical tools. The course was developed for two different student groups: social sciencesoriented students and exact sciences-oriented students. It is composed of several parts whose contents depend on the students ’ orientation. This course is part of a broader program whose purpose is a comprehensive study and understanding of logical and concept-based systems. The course was taught to three high school student groups with different academic orientation and age. Two of the groups majored in social sciences and the third group majored in exact sciences. Of the two social sciences groups, one was composed of senior students and the second of junior students. To assess the effectiveness of the course, we gave each group an exam testing their critical reasoning skills. This exam was administered in the first week of the course. The group

Year: 2010
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