A content analysis method to measure critical thinking in face-to-face and computer supported group learning

David Newman, Brian Webb, Clive Cochrane

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Abstract

This paper gives a detailed account of the content analysis method developed at Queen's University Belfast to measure critical thinking during group learning, as used in our controlled comparisons between learning in face-to-face and computer conference seminars. From Garrison's 5 stages of critical thinking, and Henri's cognitive skills needed in CMC, we have developed two research instruments: a student questionnaire and this content analysis method. The content analysis relies on identifying, within transcripts, examples of indicators of obviously critical and obviously uncritical thinking, from which several critical thinking ratios can be calculated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-77
Number of pages22
JournalIpct - J
Volume3 (2)
Publication statusPublished - 1995

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