ERIC Number: EJ1100207
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Does College Teach Critical Thinking? A Meta-Analysis
Huber, Christopher R.; Kuncel, Nathan R.
Review of Educational Research, v86 n2 p431-468 Jun 2016
Educators view critical thinking as an essential skill, yet it remains unclear how effectively it is being taught in college. This meta-analysis synthesizes research on gains in critical thinking skills and attitudinal dispositions over various time frames in college. The results suggest that both critical thinking skills and dispositions improve substantially over a normal college experience. Furthermore, analysis of curriculum-wide efforts to improve critical thinking indicates that they do not necessarily produce incremental long-term gains. We discuss implications for the future of critical thinking in education.
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Meta Analysis, College Students, Teaching Methods, Skill Development, Databases, Effect Size, Multivariate Analysis, Educational Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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