Thinking skills in questions of English National Exam for Senior High School in the 2013 - 2014 academic year

Ahmad, Ummu Lathifah (2015) Thinking skills in questions of English National Exam for Senior High School in the 2013 - 2014 academic year. Masters thesis, Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya.

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to analyze which levels of the Barrett taxonomy were more reflected in English National Exam (ENE) items. The researchers adopted the descriptive analytical approach using a content analysis card built upon the suggested criteria and constructed upon the taxonomy. Afterwards, all the twenty packages of ENE items of 2013 – 2014 academic year were codified. Additionally, to ensure the reliability of the study, three inter-raters analyzed a sample of the test packages. The results indicated that Lower Order Thinking Skills (LOTS) still prevailed in ENE items. Of all the test packages, the items categorized into literal level represented around 68.6% of the total number of the questions. Meanwhile, the questions belonging to reorganization came to occupy a percentage of 20.8. In addition, few of the questions asking students' Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) were available in the ENE, specifically, the inferential level which only reached 10.3%. The tests were not enriched sufficiently with the evaluation comprehension since it only comprised 0.3%. The results also showed the complete absence of “Appreciation” which is the highest level of thinking in the mentioned taxonomy. It is obvious that there is a shortage of HOTS in the exam and they are not well-treated. Accordingly, this finding reveals that there is still much room for ENE to be the driving force in the effort to make learners critical thinkers. In the light of these data, this study recommends modifying the English National Exam by providing them with more question items that include HOTS.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Content analysis, Barrett‟s Taxonomy, English National Exam
Subjects: English Education
Divisions: Graduate School > Master Program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Depositing User: Thomas Aryanatan Lena
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 06:51
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2016 06:51
URI: http://repository.wima.ac.id/id/eprint/6278

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