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Critical Thinking CAT Training
The CAT -Critical thinking Assessment Test What is the CAT? • It is a unique tool designed to assess and promote the improvement of critical thinking. • It is an product of extensive development, testing, and refinement by researchers at Tennessee Tech University and supported by the National Science Foundation. • It is an instrument to assess a broad range of skills that faculty across the country feel are important components of critical thinking and real world problem solving.
The CAT -Critical thinking Assessment Test What is the CAT? • The questions are derived from real world situations that require short essay responses AND a detailed scoring guide to ensure good scoring reliability. • During the scoring process faculty are able to see their student’s weakness and understand areas that need improvement. • Faculty can use the CAT instrument as a model for developing their own assessments and learning actives in their discipline (it is not just for science) that improve student’s critical thinking and real-world problem solving skills. • The CAT “closes the loop” in assessment and quality improvement.
Closing the Loop in Assessment and Quality Improvement Assess Student Performance Improve Student Learning Increase Faculty Awareness of Student Weaknesses (Faculty Score Test) Scoring) Increase Faculty Awareness of Effective Practices
The CAT-Critical thinking Assessment Test What are the advantages of using the CAT? 1. The training/scoring workshops are effective development experiences that help faculty understand student weaknesses. 2. Increase faculty motivation for pedagogical improvement. 3. Provide a forum for discussing new ideas for implementing effective practices in education. 4. The CAT instrument was designed with considerable faculty input to assess skills that faculty think are important components of critical thinking.
The CAT-Critical thinking Assessment Test Who is using the CAT? • The Biology department and Agriculture are giving the test this Fall.