Halpern Critical Thinking Assessment Predicts Real-World Outcomes of Critical Thinking
Article first published online: 19 JUN 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Volume 26, Issue 5, pages 721–729, September/October 2012
How to Cite
Butler, H. A. (2012), Halpern Critical Thinking Assessment Predicts Real-World Outcomes of Critical Thinking. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 26: 721–729. doi: 10.1002/acp.2851
- Issue published online: 17 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 19 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 MAY 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 4 MAY 2012
- Manuscript Received: 8 NOV 2011
Although educators and employers agree that it is important to assess the critical thinking skills of students and prospective employees, few assessments have been externally validated with real-world outcomes of critical thinking. The Halpern Critical Thinking Assessment (HCTA) is a reliable measure of critical thinking skills and has been validated with multiple populations and measures of academic success. This study explored whether scores on the HCTA predicted real-world outcomes in a wide range of domains, such as education, health, law, finance, and interpersonal relationships. Community adults (n = 50), state university students (n = 48), and community college students (n = 35) in the USA completed the HCTA and a behavioral inventory of life events. Overall, those with higher critical thinking scores reported fewer negative life events than those with lower critical thinking scores, r (131) = −.38, p < .001. Implications for education are discussed. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.