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ERIC Number: ED399575
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
Pages: 31
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An Investigation of Variables That Define Collaborative and Critical Thinking: The Effects of Argumentative Style on Critical Thinking Competence and Social Tolerance.
Koehler, Carol; Neer, Michael
A study investigated the relationships among trait argumentativeness (one's disposition to either approach or avoid an argument), argumentative flexibility (one's disposition to argue in either a flexible or collaborative manner, or an inflexible manner), and self-reported perception of critical thinking dispositions and their impact on critical thinking competence and social tolerance. Subjects, 90 students enrolled in an Introduction to Communication Theory course at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, completed 2 surveys which included the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory test, the Trait Argumentativeness Scale, measures of social tolerance, the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking test, the Argumentative Flexibility Scale, and several demographic-type measures. Results demonstrate a partial support for the effects of argumentative style, in particular trait disposition toward arguing. Findings suggest that caution should be exercised when using standardized tests to evaluate practical thinking ability when solving social disputes. (Contains 30 references and 4 tables of data.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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