Operationally defining something refers to defining the terms of the process or measure required to determine the nature and properties of a phenomenon. Simply, it is defining the concept with respect to how it can be done, assessed or measured.
because one selects from a list of possible answers rather than determining one’s own criteria for developing an answer). Questions on the HCTA represent five categories of CT application: hypothesis testing (e.g. The California critical thinking skills test (CCTST): Forms A and B; The CCTST test manual. understanding the limits of correlational reasoning and how to know when causal claims cannot be made), verbal reasoning (e.g. So, if you were interested in assessing students’ sub-skill ability, this would be helpful. However, as we know, though CT skill performance is a sequence, it is also a collation of these skills – meaning that for any given problem or topic, each skill is necessary. So, the question is, are these CT measures really measuring CT?As my previous articles explain, CT is a metacognitive process consisting of a number of sub-skills and dispositions, that, when applied through purposeful, self-regulatory, reflective judgment, increase the chances of producing a logical solution to a problem or a valid conclusion to an argument (Dwyer, 2017; Dwyer, Hogan & Stewart, 2014).There are various extant CT measures – the most popular amongst them include the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Assessment (WGCTA; Watson & Glaser, 1980), the Cornell Critical Thinking Test (CCTT; Ennis, Millman & Tomko, 1985), the California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST; Facione, 1990a), the Ennis-Weir Critical Thinking Essay Test (EWCTET; Ennis & Weir, 1985) and the Halpern Critical Thinking Assessment (Halpern, 2010). Critical thinking ability and disposition as factors of performance on a written critical thinking test. It has been noted by some commentators that these different measures of CT ability may not be directly comparable (Abrami et al., 2008). If the manner in which you measure something does not match, or assess the parameters set out in the way in which you define it, then you have not been successful in CT skills. As a result, researchers and educators must consider the wide array of CT measures available, in order to identify the best and the most appropriate measures, based on the CT conceptualisation used for training.