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Dowd, Jason E.; Thompson, Robert J., Jr.; Schif, Leslie A.; Reynolds, Julie A. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2018
Developing critical-thinking and scientific reasoning skills are core learning objectives of science education, but little empirical evidence exists regarding the interrelationships between these constructs. Writing effectively fosters students' development of these constructs, and it offers a unique window into studying how they relate. In this…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Science Process Skills, Undergraduate Students, Theses
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Nelson, Kari L.; Rauter, Claudia M.; Cutucache, Christine E. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2018
The development of critical thinking skills in recent college graduates is keenly requested by employers year after year. Moreover, improving these skills can help students to better question and analyze data. Consequently, we aimed to implement a training program that would add to the critical thinking skills of undergraduate students: Nebraska…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Undergraduate Students, Mentors, Critical Thinking
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Quitadamo, Ian J.; Kurtz, Martha J. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2007
Increasingly, national stakeholders express concern that U.S. college graduates cannot adequately solve problems and think critically. As a set of cognitive abilities, critical thinking skills provide students with tangible academic, personal, and professional benefits that may ultimately address these concerns. As an instructional method, writing…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Science Laboratories, Biology, Critical Thinking