Effectiveness of the multidimensional curriculum model in developing higher-order thinking skills in elementary and secondary students

Hava E. Vidergor
  • The Curriculum Journal, April 2017, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/09585176.2017.1318771

The Multidimensional Curriculum Model

What is it about?

The article is about the Multidimensional Curriculum Model promoting higher order thinking skills among elementary, junior high and high school students. The model promotes 21st century skills and focuses on scientific thinking, creative thinking, and future thinking.

Why is it important?

It is important because it shows that higher order thinking can be enhanced by the model in all three types of thinking- scientific thinking, creative thinking, and future thinking. in all grade levels. A research design of pre-post-test, and research and control group indicated significant differences in all 3 types of thinking. A significant difference was found between research and control group in general higher order thinking skills when HOTS increased by 40% in research group, and by 4% in control group .


Hava Vidergor

Units developed by Graduate students supervised by researcher, were diverse and interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary. They followed big issues/content, process including inquiry, problem solving, TASC wheel used for project based learning, six thinking hats for looking at things from various perspectives, construction of concepts using thinking maps, timelines and future scenarios. Students were invited to examine and learn about the topic/issue using the thinking tools and the different perspectives - personal perspective (how they relate to the topic), global perspective (how the topic is addressed globally), and time perspective (how it evolved from the past to the present and predicting future development based on connection between events and model of development).

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