ERIC Number: ED454446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Importance of Facilitating Critical Reasoning in the New Millennium: Some New Evidence. Working Paper.
A study investigated the critical reasoning skills of a group of 111 Australian adult tertiary students who were practicing adult vocational and further education teachers and trainers, using the recently developed Critical Reasoning Test (CRT). It examined some variables that might be expected to affect critical reasoning scores. These tertiary teachers' mean CRT score was found to be only at or below the "average" levels of other professional, non-teacher normative samples. No significant between-group CRT mean differences were found for these students' year of course, graduate/non-graduate status, age, or gender. In conclusion, the effective teaching-learning of the skills and dispositions underlying critical reasoning does not appear to be progressing well in at least some areas of tertiary education. Such evidence suggested that more attention should be given to facilitating this important area of student learning in universities in the new millennium. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Educators, Critical Thinking, Developed Nations, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Test Norms, Test Results, Thinking Skills, Vocational Education Teachers
For full text: http://www.uts.edu.au/fac/edu/rcvet/working%20papers/WP0052Pithers.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: Technology Univ.-Sydney, Broadway (Australia). Research Centre for Vocational Education and Training.
Identifiers - Location: Australia