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ERIC Number: EJ1020621
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Critical Analysis: A Comparison of Critical Thinking Changes in Psychology and Philosophy Classes
Burke, Brian L.; Sears, Sharon R.; Kraus, Sue; Roberts-Cady, Sarah
Teaching of Psychology, v41 n1 p28-36 Jan 2014
This study compared changes in psychology and philosophy classes in two distinct components of critical thinking (CT): general skills and personal beliefs. Participants were 128 undergraduates enrolled in CT in psychology, other psychology courses, or philosophy courses. CT and philosophy students significantly reduced beliefs in paranormal phenomena at the end of the semester compared to other psychology students. Only philosophy students improved on the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal. The Watson-Glaser may not fully measure CT emphasized in psychology, but psychology instructors can still effectively teach students to examine their own beliefs and think differently in their daily lives. Differentiated assessment of CT is important as instructors evaluate student learning against specific goals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal
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