Critical Thinking – Research Project, 2021.

Seeking U.S. Science Teachers for Critical Thinking Research Project.

The Project

Thank you for your interest in my critical thinking research project. I really appreciate your time. I know that time is precious so I’ll explain simply.

I am attempting to see if there is a correlation between critical thinking (CT) aptitude scores and critical thinking pedagogy in the science classroom. I will also see if evidence of critical thinking is more abundant in students where teachers have higher critical thinking scores.

Why the Science Classroom?

Though studies have reported that critical thinking is more abundant (via curriculum design) in the science classroom, it is unknown if teacher critical thinking aptitude is a factor in critical thinking pedagogy in the science classroom.

Additional factors I will investigate are:

  • The relationship between pedagogy and critical thinking reflection in students
  • The relationship between critical thinking aptitude and critical thinking observations in students.

How will this work?

After you express your interest. I will record your email. I will contact you at a later date if you are chosen for the study. Names will be selected randomly and you will then be emailed more detailed information about the research project. You must sign and agree that you understand the study, its purpose, and that you consent to participate. There is no compensation for this study.

Once chosen for the study, you will be given a link to take a critical thinking assessment online. Most teachers take between 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

At the conclusion of the assessment, you will be sent an email to take an online Likert-scale survey in which you will reflect upon your pedagogical techniques (5-10 minutes). These are evidence-based practices pulled from experts in the CT and science fields. At the conclusion of that survey, a link to a second survey will appear on the ‘Thank You’ page. This will also take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete. These questions are also pulled from education experts in classroom engagement and critical thinking. A total of a minimum of 25 minutes to complete the questionnaires and CT assessment.

The Results and Benefit

Data from the results may inform us on whether teacher’s critical thinking scores have an impact on pedagogy and classroom engagement. If the null hypothesis is rejected, I would suspect that since critical thinkers are more frequently engaged in self-reflection and analysis of where they are in space and time (reading the room), they may be at an advantage in how they deliver instruction to their students (terrestrially, in particular) Students, may benefit from the trickle-down impact of such reflective behavior.

Studies have revealed that critical thinking can be improved so this study could open up newer avenues of professional development which could benefit not only students in the science classroom, but society as a whole.

If interested, please just send an email to: 10176675@mylife.unisa.ac.za

I will reach out to you within 30 days if you have been selected after randomization. Thank you so much!!

— Mr. Reginald Finley, Sr, Ph.D.(c)

Phone: 770-331-2495


“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

Socrates