June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
NSF Grantees Poster Session
Critical thinking is defined as the skill of analyzing and evaluating thinking with a purpose to advance it. It is reflective thinking focused on determining what to believe and do. Critical thinking is essential for students’ success in college. Several reports have been published regarding the lack of proper implementation of critical thinking in college instruction. According to several peer-reviewed studies, students are graduating from college without knowing how to differentiate between facts and opinions, without being able to present clear arguments, and without being able to evaluate a situation in an objective manner.
This NSF-IUSE sponsored project evaluated the critical thinking skills of seventy-seven first semester engineering students that were enrolled in a land-grant institution in the mid-Atlantic Region. All students were enrolled in College Algebra at the time of the study. Students completed a critical thinking assessment test (CAT) that assessed students’ ability to evaluate information, to think creatively, to solve problems, and to communicate information. The Paul-Elder critical thinking theory provided a framework to evaluate students’ reasoning skills using intellectual standards and elements of thought. This paper will present an analysis of the critical thinking skills of these students. This paper will be of benefit to all institutions searching for methods to implement critical thinking in their courses.
Santiago, L., & Pirkey, A. C., & Animashaun, M. A., & Morris, M. L. (2019, June), Board 137: Critical Thinking Skills in Non-calculus Ready First-year Engineering Students Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32247
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