Critical Thinking Assessment in Nursing Education Programs: An Aggregate Data Analysis

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9781891557217: Critical Thinking Assessment in Nursing Education Programs: An Aggregate Data Analysis
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Including both theory and empirical research, this book analyzes and synthesizes an aggregate data set comprising 145 predominantly undergraduate samples contributed by on site collaborative investigators at 50 programs of nursing education throughout the United States (Total N = 7,926 cases). Collaborators are listed in this report, as are the analyses of each independent sample, for purposes of validation of the reported findings. The data analyzed were collected from 1992 through 1997. Significant relationships are reported between two measures of critical thinking [The Califoria Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) and The California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI)] and a wide variety of academic achievement indicators (e.g. grade point average, standardized test scores), student descriptors (e.g. age, sex, RN-status, NCLEX passage), and program descriptors (e.g. student to faculty ratio, location of program, faculty focus on CT in planning and curriculum development). Modest cross sectional increases and longitudinal gains are demonstrated in critical thinking skills and habits of mind. Several of these relationships are also explored in the limited graduate level sample available. Initial percentile norms for the CCTST are calculated for nursing students by undergraduate class level. Percentile distributions by class for the seven scales of the CCTDI are also reported. A relative strength in students critial thinking skills and dispositions scores were observed in samples collected in nursing programs where faculty reported being engaged in discussions about critical thinking and curriculum reform to optimize teaching for critical thinking. Evidence was observed for a comparable strength in critical thinking (CT) skills in both generic and RN completion students on both entry and exit. Disposition scores were higher for RN to BSN students than for same class level generic nursing student on entry. Scores in CT disposition for exiting RN to BSN students raise concern for whether these students CT disposition is being nurtured by current nursing curricula. A similar concern is raised in relation to female students versus male students as a result of analyses of observed CCTDI scores by sex at exit. Using this data-set, the largest aggregation of CT skills and dispositions test data known to date, the theoretical relationships between the traditional and the Delphi constructs, in terms of division of CT skills, are also explored empirically, as was the relationship between CT skill and the disposition toward CT.

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Noreen C. Facione earned her BSN from Bowling Green State, MSN and FNP from Long Beach State, and Ph.D. from the University of California San Francisco in Nursing. Her internationally recognized research focuses on health decision-making. She has consulted at dozens of colleges and universities, keynoted at international conferences, and advanced the teaching of critical thinking in all of the health professions through her writings, presentations, and development of the Health Sciences Reasoning Test and the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory. An active scholar and consultant, she is professor emerita of the UCSF School of Nursing. Dr. Peter Pete Facione s higher education leadership experience includes serving as Provost of Loyola University Chicago, as Dean of College Arts and Sciences of Santa Clara University, and as Dean of the School of Human Development and Community Service at California State University Fullerton. In 1999 he was the national chairperson of the American Conference of Academic Deans. He is currently a Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Chicago and a senior research fellow of the NSF SENCER project. He is the Senior Director, Academic Leadership, for Keeling & Associates of New York. Dr. Facione has authored over 125 books, articles, educational testing tools, leadership cases studies, and essays on higher education budgeting and governance. He is a frequent keynote speaker, invited presenter, workshop leader.

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