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Richard Hake

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Re: Assessment of Critical Thinking Skills
Posted: Aug 24, 2011 3:37 PM
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Some subscribers to MathEdCC might be interested in a discussion-list
post "Re: Assessment of Critical Thinking Skills" [Hake (2011)].

The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: David Musick of the DrEd list wrote (paraphrasing): "We are
working on a project related to 'critical thinking skills' and how
they might be assessed in medical students. I am aware of the
'California Critical Thinking Skills Test series' and the
'Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal.' I would be interested in
learning more about similar instruments."

DrEd subscribers suggested the "Health Sciences Reasoning Test," a
test "developed for use by educators and researchers to assess the
critical thinking skills of health science professionals and health
science students," commercially available from "Insight Assessment"

Among other tests that might be of interest to Musick and others are:

a. Biologist Anton Lawson's "Classroom Test of Scientific Reasoning"
(CTSR), a test of "ability to apply aspects of scientific and
mathematical reasoning to analyze a situation, make a prediction, or
solve a problem." The CTSR has contributed importantly to physics
education research, thanks to Coletta, Phillips, & Steinert.

b. The Council for Aid to Education's "Collegiate Learning
Assessment" (CLA) employed by Arum & Roksa to show (purportedly) that
U.S. higher education is "Academically Adrift." Arum & Roksa (2011,
p. 21) wrote: "According to its developers, the CLA was designed to
access 'core outcomes espoused by all of higher education - critical
thinking, analytical reasoning, problem solving, and writing.' "

I give academic references to all the above tests as well as to
valuable articles in the critical thinking area:

(1) "Assessing Critical Thinking Skills" [Stein et al. (2003)],

(2) "Responding Responsibly To the Frenzy to Assess Learning in
Higher Education" [Shavelson & Huang (2003)].

To access the complete 13 kB post please click on <>.

Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands
President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which Recognize the
Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII)

"What we assess is what we value. We get what we assess,
and if we don't assess it, we won't get it."
Lauren Resnick [quoted by Grant Wiggins (1990)]

REFERENCES [URL's shortened by <> and accessed on 24
August 2011.]
Hake, R.R. 2011. "Re: Assessment of Critical Thinking Skills,"
online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <>. Post
of 24 Aug 2011 09:02:59-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and
link to the complete post are being transmitted to various discussion
lists and are also on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at
<> with a provision for comments.

Wiggins, G. 1990. "The Truth May Make You Free, But the Test May Keep
You Imprisoned: Toward Assessment Worthy of the Liberal Arts," AAHE
Assessment Forum: 17-31; online at <>.

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