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10 November 2021 - 10 November 2021

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Online seminar using Zoom

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Part of the School of Education Research Seminar Series.

Using Technology To Develop Students’ Critical Thinking Skills:

Case study: Games-Based Learning for Secondary School Students in Thailand


Dr. Nashwa Ismail -Lecturer in Education - Durham University

This will be a virtual seminar using Zoom.

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Traditional teaching approaches that place the teacher in the centre of learning provide little opportunity for developing students’ critical thinking skills. In Thailand, this traditional approach has an impact on students’ effective learning for the Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) curriculum through their behaviours and attitudes about sexual related topics (WHO, 2021). According to UNICEF and Thailand Ministry of Education (2016, 2019), CSE does not cover many approaches such as discussions and debates to promote students’ analytic and critical-thinking skills that are related to sexual-related topics. This study investigates students' critical thinking when learning CSE through embedded Digital Games-Based Learning (DGBL) module that is delivered to Grade 7 (age 12-14) secondary school students in Thailand. The study is an outcome of a research project funded by British Academy where researchers developed an online game that aims at stimulating students’ critical thinking and encouraging them to analyse and critique their understanding of CSE. ? In the course of the study, 1152 secondary school students in Thailand responded to answer pre and post-tests. The purpose of this study was to answer two research questions; (1) Can DGBL develop student’s critical thinking in their learning about CSE? (2) To what extent, integrating DGBL in CSE syllabus can change students’ critical thinking skills. In this seminar, I will go through the background of the project, elaborate on the issue of CSE in the Thai context and share the study findings.


Dr. Ismail is lecturer in the School of Education- University of Durham. She has MSC and PhD in Education from Southampton Education School and she is a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Her area of expertise is in educational technologies, she worked many years in the Institute of Educational Technology - The Open University where she took the lead in different research projects that are Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL)-related such as Games-Based Learning (GBL) and Citizen Science in online settings. Dr.Ismail, is a qualitative researcher, she has expertise in Thematic analysis and IPA using different Qualitative Data Analysis Software (QDAS) such as NVivo and Atlas.ti (she teaches these packages too). In teaching, she has 5 years teaching work experience in the department of Education of different Higher Education institutions such as; Swansea university and Glyndwr University. where she authored and taught online modules in educational leadership. Dr. Ismail’s parallel technical career is Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) with titles; Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), Database Administrator (DBA) and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS).