Dispositional factors predicting Chinese students' critical thinking performance

K.Y.L. Ku, Irene T. Ho

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Dispositional factors have been suggested to affect individuals’ critical thinking performance. The relative and combined effects of thinking dispositions and cognitive ability on the critical thinking performance of a group of 137 Chinese undergraduates were examined. Participants were administered the Need for Cognition Scale, Openness to Experience and Conscientiousness Subscales of the NEO Five Factor Inventory as well as the Concern for Truth Scale. Cognitive ability and critical thinking performance were respectively estimated with the WAIS-III Verbal Comprehension Index and the Halpern Critical Thinking Assessment Using Everyday Situations. Hierarchical regression analysis showed that only the disposition of concern for truth accounted for unique additional variance in critical thinking beyond that explained by cognitive ability. The findings are discussed in the light of cultural factors affecting critical thinking in the Chinese context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-58
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

User-Defined Keywords

  • Thinking disposition
  • Critical thinking
  • Chinese student
  • Individual difference


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