Date of Degree
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PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Educational Policy and Leadership Studies
Bowman, Nicholas A.
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This dissertation explores the potential for higher education to promote the development of critical being among diverse students, including three studies that employ critical quantitative approaches. The first chapter proposes critical being as an alternative to critical thinking that better reflects the purposes of higher education for the public good. In Chapter Two, I create a survey-based instrument measuring critical being, including three factors that are theoretically grounded in the work of Barnett (1997) and Davies (2015). Chapter Three examines the relationship between specific instructional practices associated with academic challenge and four-year growth in critical being among three racial and/or ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education: Black and African American students, Asian and Pacific Islander students, and Hispanic, Latinx and Chicano students. Chapter Four focuses on college instructors, exploring the relationship of individual, academic, and organizational factors with instructors’ emphasis of critical being in the classroom and their beliefs about students’ abilities and efforts. Finally, Chapter Five returns to the necessity for higher education to center critical being in order to equip students to be well-informed agents of social change. By bringing together the results of the three studies, this chapter also considers the implications of higher education for critical being, offers self-reflection on the implementation of critical quantitative approaches, and looks forward in making recommendations for future research.
critical quantitative methods, critical thinking, pedagogy, public good, scale development, teaching and learning
xii, 153 pages
Includes bibliographical references.
Copyright © 2019 KC Culver
Culver, K. C.. "Critical being for pedagogy and social transformation: radically reimagining critical thinking in higher education." PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) thesis, University of Iowa, 2019.
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