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ERIC Number: ED311752
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 11
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Critical Thinking: The Flagship of Thinking Skills?
Blai, Boris
Today it is generally acknowledged that the ongoing success of college-level courses in critical thinking is largely a response reflex. There has been a steady deterioration in the quality of communications skills offered by secondary students seeking collegiate-level schooling. These deficiencies reflect serious deficiencies in the basic thinking skills identified with communications expertise. A study by Pascarella (1987) concludes that "the freshman year at college significantly enhances the critical thinking of individuals." Research suggests that gains are made over the course of collegiate educational exposure. Other findings suggest that: critical thinking is a composite of attitudes, knowledge, and skills; the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal instrument seeks to provide an estimate of an individual's standing in this composite of abilities by means of five subtests designed to tap somewhat differing aspects of the composite; and results from a study of graduates of a two-year college for women show the 2-year attendance is related to a substantial improvement in critical thinking. Teaching critical thinking according to Agnew's 1986 plan and Logan's 1987 plan is discussed. It is recommended that college students be required to successfully complete critical thinking courses because all educated people need to have such skills. Contains 9 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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