The development and validation of a mechanical critical thinking scale for high school students

Kuang Chao Yu, Kuen-Yi Lin, Shu Fen Chang

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop a mechanical critical thinking scale for high school students. A stratified random sampling method was used to establish the norms. After pre-tests and item analysis, the scale was determined to have five subtest sections (i.e., recognition of assumptions, induction, deduction, interpretation, and evaluation of arguments) consisting of 25 items. In addition, using 1,954 high school students as participants, this study established a norm and investigated the differences among genders and ages. The results showed that male students had better mechanical critical thinking skills than did female students in terms of induction aptitude, while female students were better in evaluation aptitude. In addition, the mechanical critical thinking performance of 12th-grade students was superior to that of 10th- and 11th-grade students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1361-1376
Number of pages16
JournalEurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 May 1

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Critical Thinking
Students
Proof by induction
Stratified Random Sampling
school
aptitude
Gender Differences
Norm
Pre-test
female student
induction
student
Evaluation
Sampling Methods
Deduction
item analysis
deduction
age difference
evaluation
gender-specific factors

Keywords

  • Critical thinking scale
  • High school students
  • Mechanical
  • Norm

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  • Education
  • Applied Mathematics

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The development and validation of a mechanical critical thinking scale for high school students. / Yu, Kuang Chao; Lin, Kuen-Yi; Chang, Shu Fen.

In: Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, Vol. 13, No. 5, 01.05.2017, p. 1361-1376.

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