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ERIC Number: ED105406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-1
Pages: 12
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An Aspect of Critical Thinking: Predicting Students' Use of Evidence.
Feely, Ted
This study seeks to illuminate those characteristics of students which predict their performance in using evidence to test a hypothesis. The research is conceived as part of a larger investigative strategy for understanding the relationships among characteristics of students, characteristics of social studies thinking tasks, and characteristics of instructional variables. Stepwise multiple regression using five variables--verbal ability, age, socioeconomic status, educational expectation, and sex--is employed to predict students' use of evidence. Subjects are 304 students in grades seven, nine, and eleven. Results reconfirm the importance of verbal ability as a predictor in verbally loaded tasks (predicting 25 percent of variance), but surprisingly neither age nor socioeconomic status are found as significant predictors. Implications are drawn for curriculum decision making. Suggestions for further research are enumerated. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., March 30-April 3, 1975)