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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2019, 2(5); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.020501.

Comparative Research of Critical Thinking Dispositions between Undergraduates of Arts and Science


Chaoying Zhou

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Chaoying Zhou

Foreign Language Department, Yuncheng University, Yuncheng 044400, Shanxi, China


his paper adopts California Critical Thinking Inventory as instrument to investigate Chinese university students’ critical thinking dispositions as well differences between arts undergraduates and science undergraduates in critical thinking dispositions. The results show that Chinese university students are moderate disposed of critical thinking dispositions; they are especially weak in truth-seeking dimension. Science undergraduates perform slightly better than arts undergraduates in CCTDI, and they are significantly better in inquisitiveness dimension, but there are no significant differences in overall critical thinking dispositions and other dimensions.


Critical thinking dispositions, critical thinking investment, comparative research

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Chaoying Zhou. Comparative Research of Critical Thinking Dispositions between Undergraduates of Arts and Science. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2019) Vol. 2, Issue 5: 1-11. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.020501.


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