Each element should be followed by the punctuation mark shown here. Earlier editions of the handbook included the place of publication and required different punctuation such as journal editions in parentheses and colons after issue numbers. In the current version, punctuation is simpler only commas and periods separate the elementsand information about the source is kept to the basics.
Small group learning was also used in the nonwriting treatment groups to a greater or lesser extent depending on individual instructor preference. Baseline critical thinking performance was established in the academic quarters preceding the writing experiment to more specifically attribute changes in critical thinking to the writing treatment.
Concurrent nonwriting course sections were also used as comparison groups. The historical baseline provided a way to determine what student performance had been before experiencing the writing treatment, whereas the concurrent nonwriting groups allowed for a direct comparison of critical thinking performance during the writing treatment.
Pretest scores indicating prior critical thinking skill were also used to further establish comparability between the writing and nonwriting groups. Laboratory activities were coordinated for all sections by a single faculty member who taught in the nonwriting group.
All faculty and graduate assistants met regularly to discuss course progress, laboratory procedure, and coordinate resources. Nonwriting faculty drafted quizzes that addressed laboratory content knowledge. Writing faculty collaboratively crafted a consensus essay, or thought question, designed to elicit student critical thinking and ability to apply content knowledge.
Each thought question was designed so that students had to apply lecture concepts and build on their conceptual understanding by integrating actual laboratory experiences see Supplemental Appendix 1available online for thought question examples.
Weekly thought questions became progressively more difficult as the term progressed. Initial planning meetings took place just before the beginning of the academic quarter and included graduate assistant training to help them learn to consistently evaluate student writing using a modified thesis-based essay rubric see Supplemental Appendix 2 ; Beers et al.
A range of sample essays from poor to high quality was used to calibrate graduate assistant scoring and ensure consistency between assistants from different laboratory sections within the writing group.
All graduate assistants and course instructors applied the thesis-based rubric to sample essays and worked toward consensus. Initial training ended when all graduate assistants scored within 0. Students were given weekly thought questions before beginning laboratory to help them frame their efforts during laboratory exercises.
Students completed the prescriptive lab activities during the first hour, and then each student group relocated to an assigned computer lab in the same building and worked around a common computer terminal to draft a collective response to the weekly thought question. Students were allowed to use any suitable information or materials laboratory observations, laboratory manuals, lecture notes, textbooks, the Internet, etc.
Internal group discussions allowed students to argue individual viewpoints as they worked toward group agreement on each thought question. Essay responses to thought questions were answered using a standard five-paragraph format. Each essay included an introduction with a group-generated thesis statement, two to three body paragraphs that provided sufficient detail to support the thesis statement, and a summary paragraph that concluded the essay.
Students were not allowed to work on essays outside of the laboratory environment. Initial essay drafts were composed in Microsoft Word and submitted to the graduate assistant by the end of the laboratory period using the campus e-mail system.
Graduate assistants made comments and suggestions electronically using Microsoft Word revising and track changes tools. Each student group submitted a final draft that was re-evaluated and assigned a final grade.
This was done to help students become more proficient writers within a short period of time. An identical percentage was used to calculate traditional quiz and lab book scores in all nonwriting course sections.
At the end of the quarter, each writing group member completed a peer evaluation for all group members, including themselves see Supplemental Appendix 3. This was done to help students reflect on and evaluate their own performance, maximize individual accountability within the group, and make sure students received credit proportional to their contributions.
Collectively, this approach to writing and evaluation was used to 1 help students reflect on and discuss deficiencies in their collective and written work, 2 provide an opportunity for students to explicitly address deficiencies in thesis development and general writing skill, 3 provide a suitable reward for student efforts to revise their work relative to established performance benchmarks, 4 improve individual accountability within each group, and 5 help students develop more efficient and effective writing skills that collectively might lead to improved critical thinking skill.
Assessment of Critical Thinking Using critical thinking to indicate student learning performance is particularly useful because it can be measured within and across disciplines.
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