London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

The Relationship Between Critical Thinking Skills And Citizenship Behaviours

Author(s) Acun, I., Demir, M., Akar, C. & Leman Goz, N.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2010  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship  
Age group -  
This paper reports on research into students training to become primary school teachers at the University of Usak, Turkey. The research aimed to find out two things. Firstly, to determine how high the student teachers’ scored on measures of Citizenship behaviour. The second aim is understand whether there is a relationship between citizenship tendencies of student teachers and their critical thinking skills. There is a growing body of research finding evidence in linking critical thinking and citizenship in the literature (Hicks, 2001; Gürkaynak, 2008; Colville and Clarken, 1992). The sample consisted of 93 student teachers randomly selected from a population of 300. Two different measurement tools were employed for the study. A Citizenship Questionnaire, developed by Acun and colleagues, and Cornell Critical Thinking Test Level Z (CCTT Z), adapted by Akar and his colleagues were employed. Analysis of the data suggests that student teachers score high on (mean 3.95 out of 5) citizenship tendency scale. Their score on CCTT Z is relative low (19.60 out of 100) compared to their counterparts in the USA. There is statistically significant relationship (.31 positive correlations) between citizenship tendencies and critical thinking skills. Key words: Citizenship, Citizenship Behaviours, Critical Thinking Skills, Student Teachers

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