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ERIC Number: ED405313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug-19
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching and Learning Critical Thinking Skills.
Gadzella, Bernadette M.; And Others
The purpose of this study was to determine whether getting students involved in analyzing issues critically would help them develop effective critical thinking skills. The subjects were 113 students, ages 17-60 years, freshmen through seniors, enrolled in freshman level courses at a southwest state university. These students responded to the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal, Form A, at the beginning of a semester. Following the initial test, students received instruction in critical thinking skills and analyzed critical thinking examples. After 14 weeks, the students responded to the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal, Part B. Data were analyzed using the paired-t test for each of the five subtests and total scores. Results showed significantly higher critical thinking scores on two subtests (Interpretation and Evaluation of Arguments) and the total test. It appears that the students improved their skills in these specific areas and mproved skills overall in critical thinking. (Contains 1 table and 16 references.) (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal