ERIC Number: ED448199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-15
Relationship between Critical Thinking and Performance in Research Methodology Courses.
Collins, Kathleen M.; Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J.
This study assessed the relationship between students' ability to interpret and to apply research methodology and their critical thinking skills. Participants were 103 graduate students from various disciplines, enrolled in 6 sections of an introductory level educational research course at a southeastern university. These students were administered the California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST), a multiple-choice test that targets core critical thinking skills regarded to be essential elements in a college education. Conceptual knowledge, which involved students' knowledge of research concepts, methodologies, and applications, was measured via comprehensive written midterm and final examinations. Findings revealed moderate statistically significant relationships between overall critical thinking skills and the midterm (r=0.34, p<0.001) and final (r=0.26, p<0.01) examination scores. In addition, canonical correlation analyses indicated that both achievement scores were related to analysis, evaluation, and inference CCTST subscales. (Contains 3 tables and 36 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (28th, Bowling Green, KY, November 17-19, 2000).