—The study aimed to develop critical thinking in
chemistry using the Third International Mathematics and
Science Survey Questionnaire (TIMSS-Like Test Items) and to
lessen or eradicate misconception of students in the scientific
concepts. A total of 99 third year Muslim students were
selected and grouped into experimental and control group
based on their respective section assignment. The experimental
group underwent treatment using activity-based learning in a
cooperative learning environment, while the control group
used only the chalk and board discussions without hands-on.
Three instruments were used namely: activities lifted from the
TIMSS-R manual, the TIMSS-Like test items, and the selfassessment
questionnaire. Both groups are exposed to pre- test
and post-test after the conduct of the study. Findings revealed
that the experimental group performed better than the control
group. Majority of the students in the experimental group
realized that the treatment motivated them to think critically.
Through hands-on their misconceptions was corrected and
lessened. Moreover, they also realized that the activity – based
technique in the teaching – learning process is interesting,
more fun and encouraging.
—Misconception, activity – based learning,
cooperative learning, critical thinking.
Anabelie V. Valdez is with the Mindanao State University, Philippines
Cite: Anabelie V. Valdez, Annaliza Lomoljo, Samsia P. Dumrang, and Manis M. Didatar, " Developing Critical Thinking through Activity –Based
and Cooperative Learning Approach in Teaching High
School Chemistry," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 139-141, 2015.