Critical Thinking Skills among Final Year Students of Malaysian Technical Universities

Aziz , Yahya and Safiah , Sidek and Zanariah , Jano (2011) Critical Thinking Skills among Final Year Students of Malaysian Technical Universities. In: Malaysian Technical Universities International Conference on Engineering & Technology (MUiCET 2011), 13-15 Novermber 2011, Johor, Malaysia..

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Abstract

Critical thinking is an essential skill that individuals need to have in order to be effective learners and workers in the global knowledge economy. In line with the mandate of the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE), institutions of higher learning including universities under the Malaysian Technical Universities Network (MTUN) have adopted several approaches to ensure that their graduates are equipped with the sufficient level of critical thinking skills. However, there is little knowledge about the attainment levels of critical thinking skills, among Malaysian tertiary students. Thus, the California Critical Thinking Skill Test (CCTST) was used to collect data from one hundred final year students at four Malaysian Technical Universities in order to identify their attainment level on critical thinking skills. The CCTST scores revealed that these students exhibit some proficiency in critical thinking, but they are way behind the global standard, as stipulated by Insight Assessment California. Students’ competencies of the CTS also vary across the four universities. This study has significant implications on the curriculum design and development as well as pedagogical practice adopted by MTUN universities in developing their students with appropriate level of critical thinking skills.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Centre for Languages and Human Development > Department of Human Development
Depositing User: Aziz Yahya
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2012 03:31
Last Modified: 28 May 2015 02:38
URI: http://eprints.utem.edu.my/id/eprint/3865
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