Does participation in model UN develop higher order thinking? A study of Indian students
Purpose: This paper aims to explore the effect of participation in Model United Nations conferences by Indian school and college students on development of their higher order thinking skills and educational and career choices. Methodology/approach: A questionnaire survey was conducted for school and college students who have experience of MUN participation with a sample size of 150. Findings: The respondents indicate that participation in MUN has led to development of all nine higher order thinking skills: critical, team, problem solving, communication, personal, autonomous, dealing with changes, time and creative. Team skills and communication skills were found to receive the highest rating in terms of perception of being developed through MUN participation. Most respondents chose technical fields for further education and entrepreneurship for a future career. Practical implications: The findings of this paper suggest that more schools and colleges should use MUN as a tool to enable development of higher order thinking skills among their students. Originality/value: The paper is the first to explore the connection between MUN participation and higher order thinking skills of Indian school and college students.