Relationship between students' critical thinking and self-efficacy beliefs in Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran

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Nowadays, critical thinking and motivational factors affecting it, such as self-efficacy have been heavily regarded by higher education systems. This descriptive-correlation study aimed to investigate the relationship between students' self-efficacy and critical thinking in Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran. A random sample of 216 students completed Sherer et al.'s (1982) General Self-efficacy Scale and the California Critical Thinking Skills Test-Form B (1994). Finding showed a significantly positive relationship between students' self-efficacy and critical thinking (r=0.21, p< 0.001). Hence, self-efficacy as motivational factor should be considered for developing learners' critical thinking skills. © 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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Dehghani, M., Sani, H. J., Pakmehr, H., & Malekzadeh, A. (2011). Relationship between students’ critical thinking and self-efficacy beliefs in Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran. In Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences (Vol. 15, pp. 2952–2955). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.04.221

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