ERIC Number: ED415751
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb-28
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Reflective Thinking within Curricular Contexts.
Kitchener, Karen S.
This 42-month project at the University of Denver (Colorado) developed materials and faculty development activities concerning application of Kitchener and King's reflective judgment theory. Testing and implementation were at the University of Denver and Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and the University of Missouri (Columbia). The model describes the development of one aspect of critical thinking--the process by which adults become better able to make decisions about complex ill-structured problems. A paper and pencil measure, the reflective thinking appraisal, was devised and tested, and an accompanying technical manual was written. Three-day workshops and consultation with 18 faculty in various disciplines led to revision of courses based on the reflective judgment model and principles of educational psychology. A manual was developed to help faculty apply the model. Evaluation of reflective judgment in pilot studies indicated significant differences in scores between younger, less educated students and older, more educated students, with reliability over the entire age range estimated at .79. Questionnaires and interviews with participating faculty revealed a greater understanding of students' need for support in developing critical thinking skills and increased awareness of ill-structured problems in their disciplines. Appended are the reflective thinking measure, the accompanying technical manual, and the workshop evaluation form. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Denver Univ., CO.