Stephen Downes

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This study (19 page PDF) is worth a look for a variety of reasons. It presents a validation of a self-assessment survey of critical thinking (CrT) skills. Self-assessment surveys are tricky, because of the tendency of people to lie when answering questions like "I restate another person's statements to clarify the meaning." Even so, such measures can be validated, for example, by showing a correlation between survey results and actual results on objective tests of respondents' skills. Another reason to look at this article is to study the actual definition of critical thinking. It's not a melange of pseudologic like lateral thinking or growth mindsets; "Standardized tests are based on well-established CrT-skills taxonomies, such as Ennis' and Facione's, and have been used for a long time to measure the CrT skills in students." The attached image lists these skills.

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