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ERIC Number: EJ717813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 31
Critical Thinking Dispositions Among Undergraduate Students During Their Introductory Health Education Course
Broadbear, James T.; Jin, Guang; Bierma, Thomas J.
Health Educator, v37 n1 p8-15 Spr 2005
The present study was undertaken to measure critical thinking dispositions in students as they enter the health education program at Illinois State University (ISU). Health education undergraduate students at ISU were found to have shortcomings in critical thinking dispositions during a study from 2000-2003. Dispositions (e.g. truthseeking, open-mindedness, inquisitiveness) were measured by the California Critical Thinking Dispositions Inventory (CCTDI). Health education majors (n=96) were compared to students in other health science disciplines (n=187) and to health education minors (n=48). CCTDI scores did not differ between health education majors and other health sciences students but scores for majors were significantly higher than for health education minors. Specifically, health education majors scored significantly higher for inquisitiveness, cognitive maturity and total critical thinking disposition. The findings have significant implications for health education academic programs and the profession. Health education professionals commonly confront complex, ill-structured problems and their ability to effectively respond to these problems is largely dependent upon strong critical thinking dispositions. Focusing on the development of critical thinking dispositions in professional preparation programs, and further research on pedagogy effective in developing the dispositions, is needed.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Illinois