Impact of the PYP exhibition on the development of critical thinking, international-mindedness and learner profile attributes
Teachers, parents and students found the PYP exhibition to be an opportunity to undertake critical thinking, bringing together attributes, skills and knowledge learned in the PYP.
All of the teachers that were interviewed identified critical thinking as an important outcome of the PYP exhibition, and saw it as an essential part of exhibition activities. Most teachers and school leaders related critical thinking to critical research skills and critical literacy, personal independence and in some cases wider global issues.
When asked about critical thinking, most students referred to the analysis of sources, allowing them to be critical about different sources of information and viewpoints. They recognized this as a goal and an accomplishment. All of the students expressed some caution with the use of internet sources, however, the students who were provided with greater support in analyzing internet sources tended to employ more evaluation strategies.
Critical thinking was identified by parents in the case study schools as a “real world” outcome of the exhibition and as one of the desirable outcomes of the PYP. They saw this as an important skill that prepared their children for further education and future careers.