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Tuesday, June 5 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
A Critical Assessment of the Assessment of Critical Thinking

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Because of the importance of critical thinking skills for college graduates, most higher education institutions include critical thinking as a general education outcome. Nevertheless, this outcome is among the most difficult to assess. This poster will review three distinct approaches to assessing proficiency in this area: the essay-test format Critical Thinking Assessment Test (CAT), the objective ETS Heighten Critical Thinking Assessment test, and assessment of student writing using the Critical Thinking AACU Value Rubric. Students from two senior biology seminars completed both tests and their final course paper was rated by both authors using the Critical Thinking AACU Value Rubric. The poster will share student perceptions of the two exams, the expenses and logistical challenges of each approach, and psychometric properties of the three measures.

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George Smeaton

Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, Keene State College
I am very interested in creative discipline assessment, and general education assessment, particularly the "murkier" general education outcomes such as critical thinking, civic engagement, diversity, and wellness. I am also interested in the application of statistical procedures... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Ballroom A&B