The Halpern Critical Thinking Assessment and Real-World Outcomes: Cross-National Applications
Heather A. Butler, Christopher P. Dwyer, Michael J. Hogan, Amanda Franco, Silvia F. Rivas, Carlos Saiz, Leandro S. Almeida
Thinking Skills and Creativity Volume 7, Number 2, ISSN 1871-1871
The Halpern Critical Thinking Assessment (HCTA) is a reliable measure of critical thinking that has been validated with numerous qualitatively different samples and measures of academic success (Halpern, 2010a). This paper presents several cross-national applications of the assessment, and recent work to expand the validation of the HCTA with real-world outcomes of critical thinking (e.g., contracting a sexual transmitted infection because you did not wear a condom). The real-world outcomes (RWO) inventory measures behavior in a wide range of domains, such as education, health, finance, and interpersonal relationships. Study 1 examined whether scores on the HCTA predicted real-world outcomes in three qualitatively different samples in the United States. Study 2 used the HCTA to assess the effectiveness of an online critical thinking course, and whether the HCTA predicted real-world outcomes in Ireland. Study 3 describes preliminary research involving the translation quality of the RWO (into Spanish and Portuguese) and explored differences in behaviors in the two countries. Overall, the HCTA is a useful tool for assessing critical thinking and predicts real-world outcomes of critical thinking. Cross-national implications and applications are discussed. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.)
Butler, H.A., Dwyer, C.P., Hogan, M.J., Franco, A., Rivas, S.F., Saiz, C. & Almeida, L.S. (2012). The Halpern Critical Thinking Assessment and Real-World Outcomes: Cross-National Applications. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 7(2), 112-121.