Using the Holistic Critical Thinking Scoring Rubric to Train Discovery of Evidence of Critical Thinking

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Using Scoring Rubrics Developmentally

Dr. Peter Facione, Measured Reasons LLC, USA

Sometimes the best learning experiences come from efforts to teach with a mind toward evaluation. Consideration of how one might measure the achievement of learning goals forces one to develop a clear understanding of what evidence of learning should be observable in the classroom or clinic. Noreen Facione and I developed the Holistic Critical Thinking Scoring Rubric (HCTSR) in 1994 in response to requests for a tool which (a) could be used to evaluate a variety of educational work products including essays, presentations, and demonstrations, and (b) works as both a pedagogical device to guide people to know what critical thinking is as well as an assessment tool useful for both formative and summative purposes.   The HCTSR, integrates both the skills and the dispositions involved in critical thinking. It has been translated into many languages and republished in numerous texts on the teaching of critical thinking. We attribute this rubric’s wide popularity with educators across many disciplines and professional fields to its ability to describe levels of quality in reasoning using common language. Download the HCTSR and other rubrics and rating forms, like the Professional Judgment Rating Form, free from the  Insight Assessment “Resources” center.

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