Extensive US study shows PSE teaches critical-thinking skills

October 22, 2015

A new meta-analysis, published in the Review of Educational Research, has surveyed 71 research reports published in the last half-century, finding that critical-thinking skills do improve in university. According to the paper, the difference after four years is the equivalent of moving from the 50th percentile to the 72nd for an individual student. The study found no differences between various majors and it was unclear when the greatest gains are experienced over the four-year period. Students in programs with coursework that focused specifically on critical-thinking skills did not see greater gains than students in other programs. Chronicle of Higher Education | Inside Higher Ed | Full Study