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The Halpern Critical Thinking Assessment : Towards a Dutch Appraisal of Critical Thinking

Bie, H. de (2014) The Halpern Critical Thinking Assessment : Towards a Dutch Appraisal of Critical Thinking.

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Abstract:When implementing critical thinking learning objectives in education, a valid and reliable instrument for assessing the level of critical thinking skills is needed. This study focuses on the psychometric properties of the Dutch version of the Halpern Critical Thinking Assessment (HCTA). A real-world outcomes inventory (RWO-NL) was developed to measure negative life events. The number of negative life events was hypothesized to be inversely related to critical thinking ability. The HCTA and RWO-NL were administered to university students in communication and psychology (N = 240). Reliability of the HCTA appeared sufficient (α = .75; λ2 = .77) and factor analysis indicated that the use of the constructed response and forced choice format each containing the five critical thinking subscales is an adequate method for assessing critical thinking ability. The total HCTA and weighted RWO-NL scores did not show a significant relationship, r = -.12, ns. Recommendations for improving the Dutch HCTA are discussed.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/64857
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