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   RITI LTHINKING  N PREFERRED OGNITIVE   STYLEOFNURSINGSTUDENTS  Graduate ThesisPresented to The  ivision of Nursing Drake University In Partial  ulfillment ofthe Requirements for the Degree Master ofScience in Nursing Marjorie Bledsoe   August  99  CRITIC L THINKING NDPREFERREDCOOIUTIVESTYLEOFNURSINGSTUDENTS by Marjorie   Bledsoe  pproved by Committee Sandra L Sellers Dean of the Collegeof Pharmacy and HealthSciences  CRITICAL THINKING AND PREFERREDCOGNITIVESTYLEOFNURSINGSTUDENTSAn Abstractof a Thesis by Marjorie A. Bledsoe August 1990 Advisor: Linda Brady  I J)~   r QQ   L~. This study was to determine the difference in critical thinking ability between student nurses with differing preferred cognitive styles. P_r g9 E:?: g y t; .. Nursing students and psychology students from intact samplinggroups participated in an exploratory descriptive study. Both groups were tested on the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal and the Human Information Processing Survey. fj: lgl~ § There was a difference between nursing students, and non-nursing students t critical thinkingscores  1 = 2.0513,p = .0429 . A negative correlation was found between the interpretation subtest scores and the preferred cognitive style scores  coef = -0.3790 £ = .0079 . A positive correlation was found between the assumption subtest scores and the scores of thosewith no preferred cognitive style among the non-nursing students  coef = 0.6466 P =.0231 . C IlcJlll?j:.2.Il   l The results suggest a significant difference between the critical thinking ability of nursing students and non-nursing students. Two subtests on the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal were affected differently by the preferred cognitive style scores than the other three subtests.   cOIll.J1I.~Ilg§i_t:i.2Il § Furtherresearch, including replication with a different sample and methodological investigation of critical thinking tools, is suggested.   KNOWLEDGEMENTS Sincere thanks are due to my committee Chairperson Dr Linda Bradyand to my two other committee members Sandra Sellers andDr Donald Keyworth for their time and assistance Sincere thanks are also due the Research and Innovation Committee of Iowa Methodist Medical Center of Des Moines Iowa for their financial support of the research Finally special thanks to all the students w o participated in the research project
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