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ERIC Number: EJ814465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0827-3383
Comparison of Critical Thinking in Undergraduates and Graduates in Special Education
Zascavage, Victoria; Masten, William G.; Schroeder-Steward, Jennifer; Nichols, Christopher
International Journal of Special Education, v22 n1 p25-31 2007
This study assessed overall critical thinking ability in graduate and undergraduate students in special education at a southwestern university. A comparison of the two groups resulted in significant differences on the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal Form Short (WGCTA-FS) subscales for Inference, Recognition of Assumption, Deduction, and Total Critical Thinking. Conclusions amalgamate Council for Exceptional Children Standards for a Beginning Special Educator, Bloom's Taxonomy, and the Critical Thinking Scale of the Watson-Glaser-FS. Findings reinforce the need for rigorous mentorship of the novice special educator and direct instruction for the pre service educator in critical thinking through participation in research coursework. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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