ERIC Number: ED351954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Assessment of Critical Thinking in Postsecondary Education.
Blai, Boris, Jr.
This paper examines ways in which the teaching of critical thinking skills at the college level have been evaluated. It is noted that two problems exist in using validated tests for critical thinking: (1) intelligence tests do not address critical thinking in specific courses or fields of knowledge; and (2) validated tests are not designed to measure the open-ended problem solving features of critical thinking. Several examples of measuring critical thinking are briefly outlined: the Watson & Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal instrument; the Critical Thinking Worksheet (used for beginning students of philosophy and informal logic classes); the use of the scientific process in teaching and measuring critical thinking; Chickering's Critical Thinking Behaviors; and an assessment device employing the Measure of Intellectual Development essay test and the Reflective Judgment Interview, a moral and ethical dilemma questioning approach. The paper concludes that all college students should be required to successfully complete critical thinking courses. Contains 15 references. (GLR)
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