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Gary Comstock (professor of philosophy at Norh Carolina State University):

 " Before Rationale, I was only able to lecture at my students about the skill of evaluating arguments. 

After Rationale, I have the technology I need to help them actually acquire the skill." 

 

Kees van EE, Stafbureau O&O, Hanzehogeschool:

' Finally: a method that provides lecturers with real tools to help students getting their thinking and writing to a higher level.

And even more: the excellent Rationale program helps you making a good structure for your reasoning, arguments, analyses and evaluation.'

 

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One of the goals of the Critical Thinking Foundation is to support research, or commission research into the development of critical thinking skills and the attitudes connected to the use of critical thinking skills.

To accomplish this the foundation cooperates with InsightAssessment, an organisation that provides universally used standard tests in the field of critical thinking in digital form.

Research with the help of tests, pre and post test set-ups, leads to, among other things:

- knowledge of the development of critical thinking skills
- knowledge of the effect of of the use of a specific method or a comparative study of different methods
- knowledge of the deveopment of critical thinking skills of specific target groups

Apart from research, educational institutes can use the tests as a means of selection, or, more objectively, as a zero line.
Additionally, they can deploy the systematic use of tests to motivate students, to allow teachers to improve themselves through feedback on their results, for purposes of accreditation and from a marketing point of view. Click here for a simple overview of the importance and possibilities of test taking within education.

The Critical Thinking Foundation provides technical, organisational and practical support for the use of tests in pilots and longer-term research.

Institutes that are carrying out such tests, or intend to carry them out, include:

- Fontys Hogeschool, Teacher training department at Tilburg
- Hogeschool van Amsterdam: International Business and Management Course
- Hogeschool Utrecht: master Advanced Nursing Practice (Faculty of Heathcare); Minor Philosophy, Ethics and Practice.