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ERIC Number: ED430081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Pages: 98
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of Critical Thinking Skills in Associate Degree Nursing Students.
Soukup, Frances
A study examined the change in the critical thinking skills of associate degree nursing students as they progressed through their educational process at the Reedsburg campus of Madison Area Technical College (MATC) in Wisconsin. The study sample consisted of two cohorts of 24 students each (students entering MATC's associate degree nursing program in August 1995 and August 1996 and graduating in May 1997 and 1998, respectively). Each cohort was selected through a randomized selection process from the first-day applicants who fulfilled all the program's prerequisites for entry. The students' critical thinking skills were examined by having them complete the California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) before starting and after completing their program of study. The study confirmed CCTST pre- and posttesting to be a viable means of assessing changes in students' critical thinking skills. One cohort exhibited a significant increase in critical thinking. Both cohorts manifested significant gains in their evaluation and inductive reasoning skills; however, neither cohort demonstrated significant gains in their analysis, inference, and deductive thinking skills. (The report contains 45 references and 17 tables/figures. Appended are a discussion of validation of the California Critical Thinking Skills Test and the agreement to participate as a research subject.) (MN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: California Critical Thinking Skills Test (College)