Chapter 13. Teaching Critical Thinking in Statistics and Research Methods

  1. Dana S. Dunn PhD, BA social psychologist professor director Fellow Chair2,
  2. Jane S. Halonen clinical psychologist Dean leader Director Fellow president academic consultant department reviewer Chief Reader3 and
  3. Randolph A. Smith doctorate Professor Chair Fellow member President4
  1. Bryan K. Saville,
  2. Tracy E. Zinn,
  3. Natalie Kerr Lawrence,
  4. Kenneth E. Barron and
  5. Jeffrey Andre

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305173.ch13

Teaching Critical Thinking in Psychology: A Handbook of Best Practices

Teaching Critical Thinking in Psychology: A Handbook of Best Practices

How to Cite

Saville, B. K., Zinn, T. E., Lawrence, N. K., Barron, K. E. and Andre, J. (2008) Teaching Critical Thinking in Statistics and Research Methods, in Teaching Critical Thinking in Psychology: A Handbook of Best Practices (eds D. S. Dunn, J. S. Halonen and R. A. Smith), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305173.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, USA

  2. 3

    University of West Florida, USA

  3. 4

    Lamar University, USA

Author Information

  1. James Madison University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 5 SEP 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405174022

Online ISBN: 9781444305173

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Keywords:

  • teaching critical thinking in statistics and research methods;
  • barriers to addressing critical thinking;
  • critical thinking and students' self-reported dislike of math;
  • students view “real-world relevance” as learning course material;
  • teaching content versus critical thinking;
  • confronting students' math anxiety and “statisticophobia”;
  • innumeracy - mathematical illiteracy and its consequences;
  • course format changes;
  • organizational framework for providing context in integrated research methods and statistics course

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What is “Critical Thinking”?

  • Barriers to Addressing Critical Thinking

  • Addressing these Barriers to Critical Thinking

  • Conclusion

  • References