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ERIC Number: EJ1218019
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1052-4800
Fostering Student Motivation to Think Critically: Critical Thinking Dispositions in Higher Education
Sanders, Andrea L.; Snyder, Stephen J.; Mathews, Sierra-Kailin
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v30 n2 p133-160 2019
Instructors' ability to foster students' disposition to engage in critical thinking (CT) is instrumental for CT growth. University students' (N = 1,352) semester-long gains across specific dispositions were compared when taught by professors who had received zero, one, two, or three semesters of training in CT pedagogy. All groups experienced statistically significant improvement (p < 0.001), but only the three-semester group demonstrated practically significant results across the majority of subscales ([eta][subscript 2] > 0.20). The authors' recommendations include implementing long-term faculty development programs to provide regular training in CT pedagogy and teaching strategies for attitude formation, authentic learning, student self-efficacy, and student academic control.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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