!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> Streamline Training & Documentation: Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal

First published in 1952, the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal helps in assessing critical thinking skills in five areas:1
  • Making accurate inferences

  • Recognizing assumptions

  • Engaging in sound deductive reasoning

  • Interpreting information (i.e., determining what conclusions one can draw, beyond a reasonable doubt, from available information)

  • Evaluating arguments (i.e., determining whether an argument is both important and relevant to the question at hand)
Harcourt Assessment, the publisher of the Watson-Glaser instrument,2 provides norms for over 40 groups — industries, occupations, types of position (e.g., executive, manager, supervisor), and students at various levels.3

You can see sample questions here (pdf).

1 Goodwin Watson and Edward M. Glaser, Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal (Yonkers, New York: World Book Company, 1952).

2 Harcourt Assessment is part of Pearson, Inc. as of January 30, 2008.

3 Norms are indicators of what a particular group of individuals with specified characteristics — a "norm group" — did when confronted with the test items. For example, the norm group of accountants showed a somewhat different profile of scores on the Watson-Glaser instrument from the norm group of bank tellers.