Examining critical thinking strategies, components, and challenges in higher education: a systematic literature review

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Mansureh Kebritchi, Ph.D.

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Mansureh Kebritchi

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8 years 3 months
Current and Ongoing Research Interests: 
  • Contributing factors for online learners' retention
  • Trends and issues for designing cross cultural courses
  • Application of flow theory in improving teaching and learning 
  • Improvement of process of completing doctoral dissertations in online and traditional settings
 
 
Publications: 
A Conceptual Framework for Evaluating Higher Education Institutions
Games for Mathematics Education
Digital Badges and Micro-credentials: Digital Age Classroom Best Practices, Design Strategies, and Issues
Hiring nurses re-entering the work place after chemical dependence
Preferred Teaching Methods in Online Courses: Learners’ views
Assessing the Effectiveness of a 3-D Instructional Game on Improving Mathematics Achievement of Middle School Students
The Effects of Modern Mathematics Computer Games on Mathematics Achievement and Class Motivation
Examining the pedagogical foundations of modern educational computer games to inform research and practice
Factors affecting teachers’ adoption of educational computer games: A case study
Analysis of the supporting websites for the use of instructional games in K-12 settings
Online Teacher Resources: Supporting the Implementation of Educational Computer Video Games
Multigenerational Perspectives on The Gen Z Effect
Learning Analytics methods, Benefits, and challenges in Higher education: A systematic Literature Review
Knowledge Based Artificial Augmentation Intelligence Technology: Next Step in Academic Instructional Tools for Distance Learning.
Scenario-Based eLearning and STEM Education: A Qualitative Study Exploring the Perspective of Educators
Issues and Challenges for Teaching Successful Online Courses in Higher Education: A Literature Review
How the cultural clash of essentialism and progressivism shaped technology adoption: A case study of culture, learning, and technology
University of Phoenix Courses: 
RES/711
RES/722A
RES/724
RES/728
RES/726
DOC/722
DOC/733
DOC/734
RES/727
Professional Bio: 
Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi has a wealth of experiences in teaching, mentoring doctoral dissertations, and supporting faculty members to conduct research and publishing and presenting the results in the field of education. She is interested in studying innovative ways to improve quality of teaching and learning in K-12, higher education, and corporate settings in online and face-to-face formats. Dr. Kebritchi is the founder and chair of the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research, School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix, where she supervises more than 300 faculty members, alumni, and students to conduct research in the field of education. She has been faculty member of School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix for years and has supervised more than 30 doctoral students to complete their doctoral dissertations. She has taught research methods and instructional design courses and has experience working with diverse student populations in undergraduate and graduate levels. She uses a learner-centered, experiential approach to teach courses and guide the center members, and is skilled in applying appropriate research methods of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Some of Dr. Kebritchi’s recent publications address topics such as critical thinking, meditation and higher education, social media and cultural competency, diversity in higher education, promoting STEM in K-12 and higher education, issues and challenges for teaching successful online courses, facilitating styles of online instructors in course management systems, pedagogical foundations of the educational computer games, factors affecting the adoption of the computer games in school settings, and effects of mathematics games on mathematics achievements and motivations of learners. She has been continuously publishing and presenting her research results in international journals and conferences for years. She is assistant editor and editorial board member of Online Learning journal, an active member/proposal reviewer of Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) and American Educational Research Association (AERA), and journal of Computers & Education.
Degrees Completed: 
Doctoral Degree
Education, Instructional Technology
University of Central Florida
2008
Masters Degree
Teaching, Learning, Curriculum
University of Toronto
2002
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University Research Chair
Center for Educational and Instructional Technology, SAS, UOPX
Associate Faculty, Dissertation Chair
School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix
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Ph.D.
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Scholarly Activity: 
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
Online Learning Consortium (OLC)
The Qualitative Report (TQR)
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Sandra Nunn, DM, MBA, BS

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Sandra Nunn

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7 years 3 months
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(760) 917-2660
Current and Ongoing Research Interests: 

Dr. Nunn has a strong interest in qualitative research concerning topics related to leadership ethics and how ethics affects modern global organizations. However, she is also actively engaged in other research projects as shown below:

  • "Use of Computer Technology in Rural Public Schools to Enhance Educational Outcomes" (Primary Researcher:  Sandra G. Nunn, Research Fellow;  Assistant Researchers:  Lunthita M. Duthely, John T. Avella).  Study completed and submitted to journal in August 2017 and resubmitted to journal in Winter 2018.  Currently under review.
  • Currently working with over 20 dissertation students (10 as Dissertation Chair / 10 as Committee Member) to facilitate completion of dissertations and fulfillment of oral defense.

  • Currently serving as Reviewer / Research Fellow with the Dissertation to Publication Fall 2018 workshop series to help approximately 15 doctoral graduates and faculty achieve successful publication of dissertations in peer-reviewed journals.  

  • One of my former dissertation students, Dr. Kristi Burtis, just received Dissertation of the Year in August 2018.  I am currently working with her to help convert her dissertation into a publishable journal article for submission in December 2018.

  • Currently serving as the Group Leader of the SAS Alumni Special Interest Group and overseeing four (4) Research Fellows and their respective research teams regarding different research projects.  Also, I am currently helping to recruit four (4) new Research Fellows and teams for the 2018-2019 year.

  • As the Group Leader of the SAS Alumni Special Interest Group, my team and I facilitate a monthly webinar featuring UOPX alumni from the School of Advanced Studies to showcase their respective work as well as how obtaining their doctorate has helped to serve their community.

  • I am seeking to get involved in new projects at the beginning of 2019 that focus on ethics, leadership, and educational technology.

Publications: 
Symposium Introduction: Achieving Ethical Leadership
A Novel Heart-Centered, Gratitude-Meditation Intervention to Increase Well-Being among Adolescents
Foundational Theories of Social Media Tools and Cultural Competency: A Systematic Literature Review
Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials: Historical Overview, Motivational Aspects, Issues, and Challenges
Learning Analytics Methods, Benefits, and Challenges in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review
How Moral Identity Influences Leadership Ethics: A Historical Case Study
Does Moral Leadership Conflict with Organizational Innovation?
“Use of Computer Technology in Rural Public Schools to Enhance Educational Outcomes”
Spirituality and Religion as Cultural Influences in Andragogy
Examining Critical Thinking Challenges, Components, and Strategies in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review
University of Phoenix Courses: 
DOC/722
DOC/733
DOC/733A
DOC/733B
DOC/734
DOC/734A
DOC/734B
DOC/741
DOC/741A
DOC/741B
DOC/742
DOC/742A
DOC/742B
DOC/993
Professional Bio: 
As an ethics, leadership, and national security expert, Dr. Nunn has appeared extensively in the national and international media, testified before the U.S. Senate, served as a guest speaker at prestigious Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and has been featured in several books because of her expertise. In addition, Dr. Nunn has served on the Board of Directors for an international public company as well as an international nonprofit organization. Currently, Dr. Nunn serves as an executive for two consulting firms. She also serves as a Board Member for several non-profit organizations, an entertainment production company, and as a Trustee for a private trust. She is a Founding Board Member and Director of International Ethics with the Foreign Affairs Council, Inc., a non-profit organization that serves as an international platform for advancing knowledge and leadership. Dr. Nunn serves as an Associate Faculty member, Dissertation Chair, and Committee Member for the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies. Further, Dr. Nunn is also a Research Fellow with the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research at University of Phoenix where she collaborates with other scholars on research regarding ethics, leadership, education, and technology. As a researcher and scholar, Dr. Nunn is actively involved in doctoral-level publishing with peer-reviewed journals and books. In February 2016, Dr. Nunn was invited to serve on the editorial board of a peer-reviewed business and management journal published by UK-based Taylor & Francis to help manage the peer-review process and recommend articles for publication. Dr. Nunn holds a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, an MBA in Global Management, a BS in Electronics Engineering Technology, and an AA in General Studies. Dr. Nunn is a member of the International Leadership Association (ILA), Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT), International Women’s Leadership Association, the United Nations Association, and a Charter Member of the International Doctoral Empowerment Academy. She is also a Founding Member and Doctoral Advisor for the SD Doctoral Support Group. For her outstanding work and contributions, Dr. Nunn was inducted as a lifetime member of Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business and was commissioned by the Governor of Kentucky into the prestigious Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels for her dedication to public service.
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Doctoral Degree
Doctor of Management (DM) in Organizational Leadership
University of Phoenix
2014
Masters Degree
MBA in Global Management
University of Phoenix
2006
Bachelors Degree
BS in Engineering Technology
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
1984
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McJulien Scholar Best Paper Award
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2016
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Foundational Theories of Social Media Tools and Cultural Competency: A Systematic Literature Review
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The team’s research paper entitled “Foundational Theories of Social Media Tools and Cultural Competency: A Systematic Literature Review” was nominated and selected out of a field of more than 30 submissions for the best paper award for the Culture, Learning and Technology Division of AECT. Sponsored by Routledge Publishing, the McJulien Scholar Best Paper Award recognizes the best paper submitted to the division that discusses a theoretical construct or research that can guide further research and/or development relative to culture, learning, and technology. In addition, the paper must represent original, unpublished research. The team’s paper examined different theoretical constructs to show how educators can best integrate cultural competency with social media to enhance communication, multicultural understanding, and learning through the use of social media and technology-based tools. As recipients of the award, the team will co-chair the 2017 McJulien Panel as well as serve for one year as advisors to the AECT Culture Learning and Technology Board.
Excellence in Publishing Award
Office of Scholarship Support, University of Phoenix
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2016
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"How Moral Identity Influences Leadership Ethics: A Historical Case Study" (Journal Article)
Excellence in Publishing Award
Office of Scholarship Support, University of Phoenix
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2016
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"Learning Analytics Methods, Benefits, and Challenges in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review" (Journal Article)
Honorarium
Office of Scholarship Support, University of Phoenix
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2016
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"Learning Analytics Methods, Benefits, and Challenges in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review" (Journal Article)
Excellence in Publishing Award
Office of Scholarship Support, University of Phoenix
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2016
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Chapter 1: "Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials: Historical Overview, Motivational Aspects, Issues, and Challenges" (Book Chapter of Scholarly Book Published by Springer International)
Honorarium
Office of Scholarship Support, University of Phoenix
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2016
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Chapter 1: "Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials: Historical Overview, Motivational Aspects, Issues, and Challenges" (Book Chapter of Scholarly Book Published by Springer International)
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Office of Scholarship Support, University of Phoenix
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2016
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"Examining Critical Thinking Strategies, Components, and Challenges in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review" (PowerPoint Presentation at AECT Convention)
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Office of Scholarship Support, University of Phoenix
Year Awarded: 
2016
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"Foundational Theories of Social Media Tools and Cultural Competency: A Systematic Literature Review" (PowerPoint Presentation at AECT Convention)
SAS Research Award
Office of Scholarship Support, University of Phoenix
Year Awarded: 
2016
Project Name (Optional): 
"Foundational Theories of Social Media Tools and Cultural Competency: A Systematic Literature Review" (PowerPoint Presentation at AECT Convention)
Honorarium
Office of Scholarship Support, University of Phoenix
Year Awarded: 
2017
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"Foundational Theories of Social Media Tools and Cultural Competency: A Systematic Literature Review" (Chapter 9 of published book by Routledge entitled: "Culture, Learning, and Technology: Research and Practice")
Excellence in Publishing Award
Office of Scholarship Support, University of Phoenix
Year Awarded: 
2017
Project Name (Optional): 
"Foundational Theories of Social Media Tools and Cultural Competency: A Systematic Literature Review" (Chapter 9 of published book by Routledge entitled: "Culture, Learning, and Technology: Research and Practice")
2017 AECT James W. Brown Publication Award
Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT)
Year Awarded: 
2017
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Book entitled "Culture, Learning, and Technology: Research and Practice" with contribution of Chapter 9 entitled "Foundational Theories of Social Media Tools and Cultural Competency: A Systematic Literature Review".
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Award to Editors and Contributing Authors for book entitled "Culture, Learning, and Technology: Research and Practice" published by Routledge in 2017.
Honorarium
Office of Scholarship Support
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2018
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For publication of "Symposium: Achieving Ethical Leadership" in Journal of Leadership Studies in October 2017.
Excellence in Publishing Award
Office of Scholarship Support
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2018
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For publication of "A Novel Heart-Centered, Gratitude-Meditation Intervention to Increase Well-Being Among Adolescents" in peer-reviewed journal.
Honorarium
Office of Scholarship Support
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2018
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2016 McJulien Scholars Panel: A Reflection of Culturally-Responsive Teaching in Education
Honorarium
Office of Scholarship Support
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2018
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Learning Analytics Methods, Benefits, and Challenges in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review
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DM, MBA, BS
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Barbara Fedock, Ed.D

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Barbara Fedock

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Member for
8 years 1 month
Phone: 
(828) 768-6648
Current and Ongoing Research Interests: 

As a research fellow, I am conducting a study on Online Dissertation Chairs’ Perceptions:  Reflective Mentoring Practices and Changing Student s’ Cross Cultural and Generational Worldviews   This paper will be published and  presented In March 2016.  I will be presenting with some of my other research fellows at the  Association for Education and Computer Technologies (AECT) conference on November 6, 2015. My presentation will be  Technology Integration: Visionary Options for Digital Age Student Leadership Empowerment.

I am collaborating with two other colleagues to conduct a study on STEM education on The Comparison of Ninth and Tenth Grade STEM Students' Gender and Ethnic Diversity 2009 through 2014.   I am collaborating with a colleague on a study on the Beyond Best Practices:  Redefining Digital Reading Strategies for Online Adult Learners.  This study will be presented and published in March 2016.   I am writing a proposal for a quantitative study on Higher Education Leaders’ Perceptions on the Role of Tuition Increases and Student  Retention.  The study is a follow-up study of a quantitative study on Higher Education Leaders’ Perceptions on Prioritizing Critical Success Factors for Higher Education:  A Qualitative Cost.  I plan to collaborate with other researchers on the study Meditation, Critical Thinking and Critical Inquiry in Higher Education: a Phenomenological Study. 

I am currently engaged in conducting data for Adjunct Higher Education Instructors' Perceptions of Using Social Media as Teaching Tools, and I have conducted studies with other Research group members on Examining Critical Thinking Strategies, Components, and Challenges in Higher education: a Systematic Literature Review Presentation AECT Global Conference Las Vegas, Nevada October 2016 and Critical Thinking and Meditation:  A Quantitative Quasi Experimental Study Presentation AACE International Conference Alexandria, Va.  November 2016.  

 

 

Publications: 
Redefining the Role of Online Facilitation in Digital Classrooms
Transformational Leadership and Patient Satisfaction: Redefining Bedside Nurses’ Roles
A New Best Practice: Online Instructors as Researchers
Beyond Best Practices: A New Vision for Online Mathematics Teachers
Rethinking Online Writing and Communication Skills as a Process: Teaching Skills through Interactive, Learning Style Based Modeling
An International Perspective on Mobile Learning
Online Dissertation Chairs’ Perceptions: Reflective Mentoring Practices and Changing Student Cross Cultural and Generational Worldviews
Online Dissertation Chairs’ Perceptions: Reflective Mentoring Practices and Changing Student Cross Cultural and Generational Worldviews
Emulation of Human Ethics in Educational Settings: A Content Analysis
University of Phoenix Courses: 
RES/711
RES/722A
DOC/721R
DOC/732R
DOC/722
DOC/733
DOC/734
Professional Bio: 
Hello. I am Barbara Fedock. I hold an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, and I have 11 years of experience teaching higher education online students. I am a chair and serve on committees. Research Center Affiliations Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research: Research Fellow Publications Peer Reviewed Published Articles and International Conference Presentations Beyond best practices: A new vision for online mathematics teachers Redefining online teacher leadership: Visionary options for assessments Rethinking online writing and communication skills as a process: Teaching skills through interactive, learning style based modeling An international perspective on mobile learning Transformational leadership and patient satisfaction: Redefining the bedside nurses’ role A new best practice: Online instructors as researchers Peer reviewing: A tool to engage online students in the classroom managerial process Redefining the Role of Online Facilitation in Digital Classrooms Digital Badges and Micro-credentials: Digital Age Classroom Best Practices, Design Strategies, and Issues . Preferred Teaching Methods in Online Courses: Transformational Leadership and Student Empowerment Current Research Interests • Redefining Digital Reading Strategies for Online Adult Learners • STEM: A Comparison of Gender and Ethnic Diversity • Online educational global trends and issues Courses Taught • RES/711 - FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF SOUND RESEARCH • RES/722A - RESEARCH DESIGN • DOC/722 - DOCTORAL SEMINAR II • DOC/733 - DOCTORAL DISSERTATION • DOC/734 - DOCTORAL PROJECT IV • DOC/732R – YEAR THREE RESIDENCY Degrees Completed Doctoral Degree Western Carolina University Educational Leadership 2003 Masters Degree Western Carolina University Language Arts/English Teaching 1998 Academic Appointments Associate Faculty, Dissertation Chair School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations Wyvern Publishing National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Submissions And Funded Research Online Dissertation Chairs’ Perceptions: Reflective Mentoring Practices and Changing Students’ Cross Cultural and Generational Worldviews Funded: Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research Fellow
Degrees Completed: 
Doctoral Degree
Educational Leadership
Western Carolina University
2003
Academic Appointments: 
Content Area Chair and Lead Teacher
Masters of Teaching (MAT) Student Teacher Instructional Designer, Instructor, and Supervisor
Lenior-Rhyne University
Duration: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 to Sunday, December 30, 2018
Honors and Awards: 
Distinguished Faculty Teacher of the Year 2012
• DHA Faculty Member of the Quarter based on the number of student nominations received in University of Phoenix Doctor of Health Administration Program June 2012
Professional Education: 
Candidate Retention Committee
Masters of Teaching Student Supervisor
Content Literacy: Grades 6-12, Teaching Students With ADHD, Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom, Differentiating K-12 Assessments, Guided Reading: Strategies for the Differentiated Classroom, The Creative Classroom
Asheville Buncombe College
Year Awarded: 
2017
New Faculty Mentor Certificate
University of Phoenix
Year Awarded: 
2016
Lead Faculty and Content Area Chair
University of Phoenix
Year Awarded: 
2016
CITI
CITI
Year Awarded: 
2016
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Ed.D
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Critical thinking is considered as one of the most essential skills in 21 century that is not adequately developed among graduates. There are a variety of approaches suggested in literature for promoting critical thinking.  However, there is a dearth of studies that synthesize the previous studies and provide integrative reports on strategies for strengthening critical thinking. This study includes results of a literature review related to issues and strategies for using critical thinking in higher education.   

Boyer's Domain: 
Critical Thinking in Higher Education