Authors

Amy Goebel

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

1997

Advisor

Richard Wielkiewicz

Abstract

This study investigated the differences among first-year, sophomore, junior, and senior college students in critical thinking skills and dispositions as measured by the California Critical Thinking Skills Test and the California Critical Thinking dispositions Inventory. Tests were administered to college students from a small, private institution in a rural area of the Midwest enrolled in general education courses with a majority being first-year and senior students. Consistent with the hypothesis, critical thinking skills and dispositions differed significantly between first-year, sophomore, junior, and senior students. Scores on the two tests were significantly correlated with each other, and scores on the skills test and the dispositions inventory were both significantly correlated with cumulative GPA. The results indicate that critical thinking skills and dispositions grow as a function of progress through general education courses in the liberal arts. In some way throughout the college years, critical thinking skills and dispositions are enhanced in students.

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