Back to: Pedagogy of English- Unit 5
What is the Need for Assessment of Higher Order Skills? Describe Importance of Higher Order Skills
Higher order skills refer to thought processes that enable you to connect information and knowledge in several meaningful ways. You can use all of these connections for problem solving. These thought processes are also highly innovative because they apply knowledge in various creative and novel ways. They are not limited to observation of facts and memorization to analyse data that is found from reliable information and to communicate the findings while developing solutions.
There is a need for assessment of higher order skills to develop the following qualities:
Critical thinking refers to using your personal best judgment to understand the ideas of other people and to evaluate it as well. Applying critical thinking when students are reading online resources or industrial periodicals is highly necessary as they help you evaluate what you’ve just read.
Metacognition refers to the awareness about how you think. When students are involved in metacognition, they examine the processes they are using to learn and retain the new information closely. This means that the students need to understand their strengths as well as their weaknesses.
Comprehension is the process of understanding the significance of the content and internalizing material. It is a necessary initial step for other higher order writing skills to enable students to make connections in the ideas they have mastered.
Application is a higher order skill that requires a student to apply a piece of information that is similar to the project you are doing.
Evaluation refers to placing a relative value on a piece of information so that you can make decisions based on evidence and reasoning.
Synthesis refers to the process of combining two or more ideas for the generation of a new idea which is more productive and meaningful on its own.
Inference is a higher order writing skill which uses the information available to make a reasonable estimate of an unknown information.
These are the various reasons why higher order skills are highly important and necessary