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ERIC Number: EJ999941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1609-4913
A Preliminary Investigation into Critical Thinking of In-Service and Pre-Service Middle School Chemistry Teachers in Shaanxi Province of China
Zhou, Qing; Yan, Chungeng; Zhao, Shuyu; Liu, Liya; Xing, Lijuan
Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, v13 n2 Article 12 Dec 2012
This research investigated the development of critical thinking of middle school chemistry teachers in Shaanxi province of China. In-service and pre-service teachers' critical thinking are examined in order to provide evidence for establishing teachers' standard. The sample in this study consisted of 69 in-service and 61 pre-service chemistry teachers. The California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI) and California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) are used to assess the teachers' critical thinking. The results indicate that the teachers' dispositions toward critical thinking are at an average level while their scores of critical thinking skills are very low. This research also shows there are statistically significant differences between in-service and pre-service teachers in their critical thinking skills, but no significant difference in their critical thinking dispositions. Additionally, both CCTST and CCTDI mean scores reflect that the pre-service chemistry teachers performed better than the in-service teachers toward critical thinking. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory