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Developing Critical Thinking Skills in High Ability Adolescents: Effects of a Debate and Argument Analysis Curriculum

April Walker, Todd Kettler.

Abstract
This study evaluated the impact of a debate intervention on studentsí critical
thinking. The design-based research project included a quasi-experimental,
one group pre-test, post-test design. Results indicated small effect sizes on
critical thinking using the Cornell Critical Thinking Test-Level X (d = 0.40)
and an assessment of argument analysis (d = 0.41). High-ability students entered the project with stronger critical thinking than general-education students (d = .82; d = .41), and high-ability students appeared to benefit more
from the intervention as the performance gaps increased in the post-test
phase (d = 1.08; d = .80) suggesting possible aptitude-treatment interactions
or the Matthew effect. Qualitative data indicated that students learned to (a)
think on the spot, (b) analyze arguments, (c) see other perspectives, and (d)
construct counter-arguments. This study corroborates previous research that
indicated a relationship between high ability and critical thinking

Key words: gifted and talented, high ability, middle school, argumentation, debate, critical thinking, argument analysis, adolescents, design-based research


 
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April Walker, Todd Kettler. Developing Critical Thinking Skills in High Ability Adolescents: Effects of a Debate and Argument Analysis Curriculum. Talent. 2020; 10(1): 21-39.


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April Walker, Todd Kettler. "Developing Critical Thinking Skills in High Ability Adolescents: Effects of a Debate and Argument Analysis Curriculum." Talent 10 (2020), 21-39.



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April Walker, Todd Kettler. "Developing Critical Thinking Skills in High Ability Adolescents: Effects of a Debate and Argument Analysis Curriculum." Talent 10.1 (2020), 21-39. Print.



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April Walker, Todd Kettler (2020) Developing Critical Thinking Skills in High Ability Adolescents: Effects of a Debate and Argument Analysis Curriculum. Talent, 10 (1), 21-39.