ERIC Number: ED380509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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The "California Critical Thinking Skills Test" and the National League for Nursing Accreditation Requirement in Critical Thinking.
Facione, Noreen C.; Facione, Peter A.
Criterion 20 of the National League for Nursing's accreditation process requires documentation of critical thinking (CT) as an outcome of nursing education. This raises two questions: What is meant by CT? and How can it be measured? Building on a consensus construct of CT as articulated in the American Philosophical Association 1990 Delphi Report, this paper traces the development, validation, and pilot testing of the California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST). Item analysis, validity, and reliability of the CCTST are addressed, as are questions of gender, ethnicity, and native language. The pilot instrument, constructed from a pool of items developed over a 20-year research program, was administered to 1,196 college students. Both the consensus concept of CT and the CCTST instrument have applications in response to accreditation standards. (Contains 27 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Accrediting Agencies, Certification, College Students, Criteria, Critical Thinking, Ethnic Groups, Higher Education, Measurement Techniques, Nurses, Nursing Education, Outcomes of Education, Pilot Projects, Sex Differences, Test Construction, Test Validity
California Academic Press, 217 La Cruz Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: California Critical Thinking Skills Test (College)