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A standard instrument for measuring student perception of critical thinking instruction was administered to both instructors and students. This instrument contained twenty items addressing the purposes of and cognitive skills associated with critical thinking. The phrasing of each item was slightly altered for a corresponding survey of instructors as “my instructor” became “I”. Data was collected in a census survey of core courses in the business program. A total of 60 core course sections were surveyed with 689 responses from an enrolled total of 797 students (86.4% response rate). In addition, instructors were surveyed regarding the instructional methods and teaching strategies incorporated in their respective courses. Faculty members were asked to indicate which methods they employed in a class, the relative importance of the method or strategy to the course and an approximate percentage of classroom time allotted to the method.
When examining course level mean scores for student perceptions of critical thinking instruction, we were able to reject the null and find that there are statistically significant differences between mean scores at different course levels. When examined on a course level basis between sophomore and junior level courses, the difference was statistically significant. However, the difference in scores between junior and senior level courses was not statistically significant. Therefore, students in courses for sophomores view critical thinking instruction differently than students in junior and senior level courses. We did not find support for an alternative proposition that student perceptions of critical thinking instruction are highly correlated with the instructor’s perception of critical thinking instruction in the course pedagogy. There was statistically significant agreement on only four of twenty items included in the survey of perceptions between instructors and students. This disconnect is most prevalent among the sophomore level courses. We found limited support for another proposition that an instructor’s emphasis on a selected instructional method or teaching strategy is highly correlated with student perceptions of critical thinking instruction. Out of twenty direct and indirect instructional methods included in the survey, only four methods exhibited correlations with student perceptions that were statistically significant.


Which if the following is the most appropriate title for the passage?

A. What students think about instructional methods of critical thinking?
B. Importance of critical thinking in business programs
C. Evolvement of critical thinking in various study courses
D. Teachers’ role in developing critical thinking
E. Developing critical thinking – Do students and teachers agree?

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A standard instrument for measuring student perception of critical thinking instruction was administered to both instructors and students. This instrument contained twenty items addressing the purposes of and cognitive skills associated with critical thinking. The phrasing of each item was slightly altered for a corresponding survey of instructors as “my instructor” became “I”. Data was collected in a census survey of core courses in the business program. A total of 60 core course sections were surveyed with 689 responses from an enrolled total of 797 students (86.4% response rate). In addition, instructors were surveyed regarding the instructional methods and teaching strategies incorporated in their respective courses. Faculty members were asked to indicate which methods they employed in a class, the relative importance of the method or strategy to the course and an approximate percentage of classroom time allotted to the method.
When examining course level mean scores for student perceptions of critical thinking instruction, we were able to reject the null and find that there are statistically significant differences between mean scores at different course levels. When examined on a course level basis between sophomore and junior level courses, the difference was statistically significant. However, the difference in scores between junior and senior level courses was not statistically significant. Therefore, students in courses for sophomores view critical thinking instruction differently than students in junior and senior level courses. We did not find support for an alternative proposition that student perceptions of critical thinking instruction are highly correlated with the instructor’s perception of critical thinking instruction in the course pedagogy. There was statistically significant agreement on only four of twenty items included in the survey of perceptions between instructors and students. This disconnect is most prevalent among the sophomore level courses. We found limited support for another proposition that an instructor’s emphasis on a selected instructional method or teaching strategy is highly correlated with student perceptions of critical thinking instruction. Out of twenty direct and indirect instructional methods included in the survey, only four methods exhibited correlations with student perceptions that were statistically significant.


Which if the following is the most appropriate title for the passage?

A. What students think about instructional methods of critical thinking?
B. Importance of critical thinking in business programs
C. Evolvement of critical thinking in various study courses
D. Teachers’ role in developing critical thinking
E. Developing critical thinking – Do students and teachers agree?


(A) Although the passage deals with the students’ perception on critical thinking, the main point is how different these ideas are from the instructors’ ones.

(B )The passage does not discuss the importance of critical thinking in business.

(C)Out of 3 results discussed in the second paragraph, the first deals with this statement. However the second and the third propositions concern comparing students perceptions that with teachers’. The survey was done among students as well as among teachers to find out the level of agreement between them.

(D) This role of critical thinking has not been discussed in the passage.

(E) Correct. The survey was done among students as well as among teachers to find out the level of agreement between them. The second and the third propositions concern comparing students perceptions with teachers’.


Answer: E
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New post 03 Sep 2018, 08:17
I think this is a poor-quality question and I agree with explanation.
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New post 28 Jul 2019, 16:47
I realize that this forum and this passage was likely written by a volunteer, and I appreciate the hard work. Truly.

But this is a terrible passage. I got it in a GMAT club test and missed 3/4 questions with it. I am a native English speaker, avid reader, and 99%ile V scorer. It took 6 minutes of just trying to read and reread this passage just to parse what it was trying to say, and I still don't really know. I think this passage isn't representative of the complexity of the passages seen even on the highest level of GMAT questions.
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