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Critical thinking at Rwanda's public universities: Emerging evidence of a crucial development priority

Schendel, R; (2015) Critical thinking at Rwanda's public universities: Emerging evidence of a crucial development priority. International Journal of Educational Development , 42 pp. 96-105. 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2015.04.003. Green open access

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Abstract

Rwanda's national development strategy relies heavily on expanding access to higher education, largely due to an assumption that a university education encourages the ability to think critically about problems and to use evidence when making decisions. This study empirically investigated this assumption by administering a performance-task-based test of critical thinking, adapted for use in Rwanda, to students enrolled at three of Rwanda's most prestigious public institutions. Results of the study suggest that Rwandan students are not substantially improving in their critical thinking ability during their time at university. These findings have significant implications for Rwanda's development agenda.

Type: Article
Title: Critical thinking at Rwanda's public universities: Emerging evidence of a crucial development priority
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2015.04.003
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2015.04.003
Language: English
Additional information: © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. Further details about CC BY licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0. Access may be initially restricted by the publisher.
Keywords: Higher education, Universities, Development, Educational policy, Teaching and learning
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475381
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