Development of critical thinking skill evaluation scale for nursing students

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PURPOSE: To develop a Critical Thinking Skill Test for Nursing Students.<br /><br />METHODS: The construct concepts were drawn from a literature review and in-depth interviews with hospital nurses and surveys were conducted among students (n=607) from nursing colleges. The data were collected from September 13 to November 23, 2012 and analyzed using the SAS program, 9.2 version. The KR 20 coefficient for reliability, difficulty index, discrimination index, item-total correlation and known group technique for validity were performed.<br /><br />RESULTS: Four domains and 27 skills were identified and 35 multiple choice items were developed. Thirty multiple choice items which had scores higher than .80 on the content validity index were selected for the pre test. From the analysis of the pre test data, a modified 30 items were selected for the main test. In the main test, the KR 20 coefficient was .70 and Corrected Item-Total Correlations range was .11-.38. There was a statistically significant difference between two academic systems (p=.001).<br /><br />CONCLUSION: The developed instrument is the first critical thinking skill test reflecting nursing perspectives in hospital settings and is expected to be utilized as a tool which contributes to improvement of the critical thinking ability of nursing students.

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You, S. Y., & Kim, N. C. (2014). Development of critical thinking skill evaluation scale for nursing students. Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing, 44(2), 129ā€“138. https://doi.org/10.4040/jkan.2014.44.2.129

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