2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

Difference in Critical Thinking Scores of Freshmen and Exercise Science Seniors
Jenna R. Heil
Dr. James Padfield , Faculty Mentor

Critical thinking is defined by Insight Assessment as complex thinking that involves analysis, interpretation, inference, evaluation, explanation, induction, and deduction. In order to test the critical thinking for participants, the California Critical Thinking Skills Test with Numeracy (CCTST-N) was used on both test groups. The CCTST is accepted worldwide as a valid standardized test. Exercise Science students are required to take research and statistic courses as part of their degree program. The seniors (n=17) were all Exercise Science majors in their last semester formed one group and the freshmen (n=17) were students that had never taken a research or statistics course and they made up the second group. An independent t-test showed no significant difference between the two groups (p=.980). The graduating seniors scored in the 36th percentile compared to an aggregate sample of 4-year college students.

Keywords: Critical Thinking

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 110-2
Location: MG 2090
Time: 8:15

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