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Some subscribers to LRNASST-L might be interested in a 
discussion-list post "Re: Assessment of Critical Thinking Skills" 
[Hake (2011)].

The abstract reads:

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ABSTRACT: David Musick of the DrEd list wrote (paraphrasing): "We are 
working on a project related to 'critical thinking skills' and how 
they might be assessed in medical students.  I am aware of the 
'California Critical Thinking Skills Test series' and the 
'Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal.' I would be interested in 
learning more about similar instruments."

DrEd subscribers suggested the "Health Sciences Reasoning Test," a 
test "developed for use by educators and researchers to assess the 
critical thinking skills of health science professionals and health 
science students," commercially available from "Insight Assessment" 
<http://www.insightassessment.com/>.

Among other tests that might be of interest to Musick and others are:

a.  Biologist Anton Lawson's "Classroom Test of Scientific Reasoning" 
(CTSR), a test of "ability to apply aspects of scientific and 
mathematical reasoning to analyze a situation, make a prediction, or 
solve a problem." The CTSR has contributed importantly to physics 
education research, thanks to Coletta, Phillips, & Steinert.

b. The Council for Aid to Education's "Collegiate Learning 
Assessment" (CLA) employed by Arum & Roksa to show (purportedly) that 
U.S. higher education is "Academically Adrift." Arum & Roksa (2011, 
p. 21) wrote: "According to its developers, the CLA was designed to 
access 'core outcomes espoused by all of higher education - critical 
thinking, analytical reasoning, problem solving, and writing.' "

I give academic references to all the above tests as well as to 
valuable articles in the critical thinking area:

(1) "Assessing Critical Thinking Skills" [Stein et al. (2003)],

(2) "Responding Responsibly To the Frenzy to Assess Learning in 
Higher Education" [Shavelson & Huang (2003)].
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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands
President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which Recognize the
        Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII)
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"What we assess is what we value. We get what we assess,
and if we don't assess it, we won't get it."
            Lauren Resnick [quoted by Grant Wiggins (1990)]

REFERENCES [URL's shortened by <http://bit.ly/> and accessed on 24 
August 2011.]
Hake, R.R. 2011. "Re: Assessment of Critical Thinking Skills," 
online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/oMew7d>. Post 
of 24 Aug 2011 09:02:59-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and 
link to the complete post are being transmitted to various discussion 
lists and are also on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at 
<http://bit.ly/qZ2FRc> with a provision for comments.

Wiggins, G. 1990. "The Truth May Make You Free, But the Test May Keep 
You Imprisoned: Toward Assessment Worthy of the Liberal Arts," AAHE 
Assessment Forum: 17-31; online at <http://bit.ly/a7g09T>.

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