What is it about?

Given the increasing usage of flexible online education and distance learning, we developed a short teaching lesson aimed at improving psychological critical thinking in 63 undergraduate students. We found that online students increased their scores on a psychological critical thinking quiz, which suggests that this lesson improved their critical thinking skills.

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Why is it important?

Both the American Psychological Association and employers indicate that critical thinking is one of the most important skills that undergraduate students should develop for the modern workplace. This research study shows that even short interventions may be effective in teaching psychological critical thinking skills to online and distance learning undergraduate students, and thus may be applicable to improving training and performance in a variety of workplace and education environments.


This project was fun because it was developed by a psychology professor and his former student (who is now a psychology professor as well). We think this study is innovative because it explores the value of a short teaching lesson on psychological critical thinking. We also developed an example rubric for other college educators to use.

Julie Lanz
University of Nebraska Kearney

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This page is a summary of: Assessing the implementation of a short psychological critical thinking intervention in traditional and online courses., Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, November 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/stl0000339.
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