The Assessment of Critical Thinking Skills: Measures, Methods, and Practices
This workshop will discuss the definition and measurement of critical thinking and discuss a case study of a program that has assessed the critical thinking skills of students. In the session, participants will learn what measures are available for the assessment of critical thinking skills, will interact with other participants during a sample task, and will brainstorm with other participants the various methods of assessment that will work for their program.
The target audience will be faculty in a variety of disciplines who teach courses that emphasize critical thinking skills.
Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:
• Explain the definition of critical thinking.
• Explain how critical thinking is typically measured.
• Evaluate a sample argument for its level of critical thinking.
• Understand a variety of ways in which critical thinking skills can be taught in a class.
• Plan a case study for their own program to determine if they are successfully teaching critical thinking using our case study as a model.
Norah Dunbar, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Communication and the Assessment Coordinator in the College of Liberal Arts at CSULB. Dr. Dunbar presented on the assessment of oral communication competency at the 7th annual Assessment Conference in Fullerton, CA in 2003 and has presented seminars on assessment at the Professional Center for Faculty Development at CSULB.
Matthew Taylor, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Speech Department at Fullerton College. He currently teaches courses in Public Speaking and Argumentation. While teaching at California State University Long Beach Matt worked with Dr. Norah Dunbar on a project assessing the learning outcomes of the CSULB Argumentation and Forensic courses.