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A descriptive study on the critical thinking levels of the students at the unit of English Preparatory School at Hacettepe University

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2003
Dayıoğlu, Seçil
The aim of the study is to examine the critical thinking levels of the students who attended Hacettepe University English Preparatory School in the academic year of 2002-2003. In this study, Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal Test, the information form and the English proficiency exam were used to collect data. The critical thinking appraisal test was administered to 300 students; however, only 193 students out of 300 returned their tests back. The data were analyzed through SPSS program. The results showed that the mean of the critical thinking level of the students was moderate (M = 60.6). Regarding the students̕ major areas, there was a significant difference in their critical thinking levels in favor of the science students. For the types of ÖSS scores, there was a significant difference among the groups in favor of the students having numerical type scores. For their language groups, there was a significant difference in their critical thinking levels in favor of pre-intermediate. Regarding gender, number of siblings and the economic status of the students̕ families, there was no significant difference in the critical thinking levels of the students. Likewise, in the educational levels of their mothers and fathers either separately or together, there was no significant difference in the critical thinking levels of the students. Although there was no significant relationship between the critical thinking levels and English proficiency levels of the students, there was a significant low relationship between reading and writing skills and the critical thinking skills of the students.