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March 16, 2011 12:00 AM

Critical thinking research shows the path forward for local schools

The recent book "Academically Adrift" documented a widespread lack of improvement of critical thinking in many college students. Of the 2,300 plus students surveyed from 24 colleges, 45 percent failed to improve critical thinking over two years and 36 percent over four years. Researchers measured critical thinking using the Collegiate Learning Assessment, which requires students to analyze data and arguments and write an essay on a practical topic using supplied source documents.

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