ERIC Number: EJ1129801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Racial Inequality in Critical Thinking Skills: The Role of Academic and Diversity Experiences
Roksa, Josipa; Trolian, Teniell L.; Pascarella, Ernest T.; Kilgo, Cindy A.; Blaich, Charles; Wise, Kathleen S.
Research in Higher Education, v58 n2 p119-140 Mar 2017
While racial inequalities in college entry and completion are well documented, much less is known about racial disparities in the development of general collegiate skills, such as critical thinking. Using data from the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education, we find substantial inequality in the development of critical thinking skills over four years of college between African American and White students. The results indicate that these inequities are not related to students' academic experiences in college but are substantially related to their experiences with diversity. These findings have important implications for understanding racial inequality in higher education and considering strategies for addressing observed disparities.
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, College Students, Student Diversity, African American Students, White Students, Cultural Pluralism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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