ERIC Number: ED344836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
A Pilot Study on the Extent to Which a Standardized Subject-Matter Test Assesses Critical Thinking Abilities. Critical Thinking Reports Number 5.
Fisher, Michelle B.
This document is a pilot study designed to examine the extent to which currently-used subject-matter standardized tests already test for critical thinking in order to determine if there is a need for the construction of new tests. The study also is intended to be a step toward devising a reliable procedure and scoring key that will enable future analyses of both subject-specific and general knowledge tests. The social studies subtest of the Sequential Tests of Educational Progress was examined and scored based on the number of critical thinking abilities that were tested for by each item. It was found that two-thirds of the test questions did not test for a single critical thinking ability, and that the remaining portion of the test only reached five of the twelve identified critical thinking abilities. A list of references and two appendices are included. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Dept. of Educational Policy Studies.
Identifiers: Sequential Tests of Educational Progress