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Digital mobile-based behaviour change interventions to assess and promote critical thinking and research skills among undergraduate students

Digital mobile-based behaviour change interventions to assess and promote critical thinking and research skills among undergraduate students
Digital mobile-based behaviour change interventions to assess and promote critical thinking and research skills among undergraduate students

University students’ attempts at critical thinking in research projects frequently require supervisor interventions in the form of advice giving, feedback and supportive information. Providing such interventions to each student through classroom teaching or conventional meetings is restrictive as to timing and place. By using a Digital Behaviours Change Intervention (DBCI) technique, students can get continual assistance from supervisors in their research work through the web or mobile platforms. This research sought to understand students’ perceptions of using digital mobile-based behaviour change interventions to improve their critical thinking and research skills. A survey instrument inspired by the Paul-Elder Critical Thinking Framework was designed to measure student self-perceived critical thinking abilities before and after an experiment. Five supervisors were interviewed to validate the instrument and the behaviour change intervention content. An experimental study was conducted to explore how students interact with a mobile app-based behaviour change intervention, which was developed using the LifeGuide Toolbox platform, to support critical thinking over three months of a research project. The results showed a significant improvement in students’ critical thinking skills with respect to five intellectual standards (clarity, precision, relevance, logic, and fairness) after using the system.

Assessment and evaluation, Critical thinking, Digital behaviour change intervention (DBCI), Mobile learning, Research skills
2194-5357
155-166
Springer-Verlag
Asiri, Yousef
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Millard, David
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Weal, Mark
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Auer, M.
Tsiatsos, T.
Asiri, Yousef
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Millard, David
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Weal, Mark
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Auer, M.
Tsiatsos, T.

Asiri, Yousef, Millard, David and Weal, Mark (2018) Digital mobile-based behaviour change interventions to assess and promote critical thinking and research skills among undergraduate students. Auer, M. and Tsiatsos, T. (eds.) In Interactive Mobile Communication Technologies and Learning - Proceedings of the 11th IMCL Conference. vol. 725, Springer-Verlag. 12 pp, pp. 155-166. (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-75175-7_17).

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Abstract

University students’ attempts at critical thinking in research projects frequently require supervisor interventions in the form of advice giving, feedback and supportive information. Providing such interventions to each student through classroom teaching or conventional meetings is restrictive as to timing and place. By using a Digital Behaviours Change Intervention (DBCI) technique, students can get continual assistance from supervisors in their research work through the web or mobile platforms. This research sought to understand students’ perceptions of using digital mobile-based behaviour change interventions to improve their critical thinking and research skills. A survey instrument inspired by the Paul-Elder Critical Thinking Framework was designed to measure student self-perceived critical thinking abilities before and after an experiment. Five supervisors were interviewed to validate the instrument and the behaviour change intervention content. An experimental study was conducted to explore how students interact with a mobile app-based behaviour change intervention, which was developed using the LifeGuide Toolbox platform, to support critical thinking over three months of a research project. The results showed a significant improvement in students’ critical thinking skills with respect to five intellectual standards (clarity, precision, relevance, logic, and fairness) after using the system.

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Published date: 2018
Venue - Dates: 11th International Conference on Interactive Mobile Communication Technologies and Learning, IMCL2017, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2017-11-30 - 2017-12-01
Keywords: Assessment and evaluation, Critical thinking, Digital behaviour change intervention (DBCI), Mobile learning, Research skills

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Local EPrints ID: 419810
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/419810
ISSN: 2194-5357
PURE UUID: ea48c7f8-8c23-453e-bad9-76b2e087ab38
ORCID for David Millard: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7512-2710
ORCID for Mark Weal: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6251-8786

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Date deposited: 20 Apr 2018 16:30
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 13:08

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Author: Yousef Asiri
Author: David Millard ORCID iD
Author: Mark Weal ORCID iD
Editor: M. Auer
Editor: T. Tsiatsos

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