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Assessment of Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology

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APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major

GOAL 3: Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology: Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.

3.1 Use critical thinking effectively.

3.2 Engage in creative thinking.

3.3 Use reasoning to recognize, develop, defend, and criticize arguments and other persuasive appeals.

3.4 Approach problems effectively.


Assessment tools

California Critical Thinking Skills Test

Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency

Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA)

Cornell Critical Thinking Test

Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP)

Academic Profile (ETS)

Cambridge Thinking Skills Assessment

Critical Thinking Test

ICAT Critical Thinking Essay Test



Landrum, E. & McCarthy, M. (2010). Assessing Student Skills in the Undergraduate Psychology Major. Best Practices Conference, Atlanta, GA.





AAC&U VALUE Rubric: Critical Thinking

     Components of the rubric:

Explanation of issues


Influence of context and assumptions

Student's position (perspective, thesis/hypothesis)

Conclusions and related outcomes (implications and consequences)


AAC&U VALUE Rubric: Creative Thinking

     Components of the rubric:

Acquiring competencies

Taking risks

Solving problems

Embracing contradictions

Innovative thinking

Connecting, synthesizing, transforming


AAC&U VALUE Rubric: Problem Solving



     Components of the rubric:

Define problem

Identify strategies

Propose solutions/hypotheses

Evaluate potential solutions

Implement solutions

Evaluate outcomes






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