ERIC Number: ED413808
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Critical Thinking Assessment: Measuring a Moving Target. Report & Recommendations of the South Carolina Higher Education Assessment Network Critical Thinking Task Force.
Cook, Patricia; Johnson, Reid; Moore, Phil; Myers, Phyllis; Pauly, Susan; Pendarvis, Faye; Prus, Joe; Ulmer-Sottong, Lovely
This report is part of South Carolina's effort to move toward "100 percent performance funding" for the state's public colleges and universities and results from a task force's investigation of ways to assess critical thinking. The following eight major findings are reported: (1) policy makers must determine priorities; (2) critical thinking lacks a common definition; (3) faculty involvement positively impacts change; (4) high test validity correlates with low test feasibility; (5) performance tests are favored over objective, multiple-choice tests; (6) performance tests, however, have significant feasibility limitations; (7) external factors affect test scores; and (8) collaboration, not competition, is essential. The task force was unable to recommend a single test as ranking high on both validity and feasibility, but did recommend the development of a test or series of tests to better measure critical thinking. Specific recommendations are offered to the Educational Board. The bulk of the report consists of seven appendixes which include a literature review, a copy of the survey used and survey results, the criteria used for evaluating measures, reviews of nine specific tests, guidelines for choosing commercial tests, suggestions for future test development, and charts of data on commercial tests. (Contains 65 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Higher Education Assessment Network, Rock Hill.
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina