The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2009 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

CRITICAL THINKING ABILITY IN RESPIRATORY CARE STUDENTS AND ITS CORRELATION WITH AGE, EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND, AND PERFORMANCE ON NATIONAL BOARD EXAMINATIONS

Richard Wettstein, Robert Wilkins, Donna Gardner; UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX

Critical thinking (CT) has been deemed an important characteristic to develop in respiratory care students. This study used the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal – Short Form to measure the CT ability of senior respiratory care students (n = 55) enrolled in a baccalaureate program. The Pearson Correlation was utilized to assess the potential relationships between CT score and age, and CT score and outcomes on the clinical simulation examination (CSE). Chi-Square was used to assess the potential association between CT score and the subjects’ educational background. The study did not identify a significant relationship between CT score and age, or between CT score and outcomes on the CSE. A significant (p<0.04) positive association was found between a strong educational background in science and CT ability. This positive correlation between a strong background in science and CT ability might be useful in the student selection process for respiratory care programs. Key words: critical thinking, Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal, educational background. Sponsored Research - None

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