Critical analytic thinking skills: Do they predict job-related task performance above and beyond general intelligence? (Elson, et al., 2018)

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Reference Title: Critical analytic thinking skills: Do they predict job-related task performance above and beyond general intelligence? (Elson et al., 2018)
Author: Sara B. Elson, Robert Hartman, Adam Beatty, Matthew Trippe, Kerry Buckley, John Bornmann, Elaine Bochniewicz, Mark Lehner, Liliya Korenovska, Jessica Lee, Les Servi, Alison Dingwall, Paul E. Lehner, Maurita Soltis, Mark Brown, Brandon Beltz, and Amber Sprenger.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Publication Date: 2018
Course Level: Advanced
Credits: 1
Price: $10.00
About This Course: This journal article examines the degree to which critical thinking skills can predict job performance. Specificaly, they focused the incremental predictive validity of these skills beyond cognitive ability.
  1. Overview of this CE Home-Study Program
  2. Information About the Course
    1. Educational Objectives
    2. Target Audience
    3. Schedule
    4. Cost and Refund/Cancellation Policy
    5. Author Credentials
    6. Number of CE Credits Offered
    7. Location and Format
    8. Detailed Description of Program Material
  3. Conflict of Interest Statement

1. Overview of this CE program (top)

This home study course entails the independent study of "Assessment centers versus cognitive ability tests: Challenging the conventional wisdom on criterion-related validity" (Sackett, Shewach, and Keiser, 2017), followed by the completion of a multiple-choice test on-line. Participants who receive a passing grade of 75% or higher on the test will receive 1 CE credit. Failing participants may retake the test as often as they wish at no additional charge, and receive CE credit when they do pass.

A copy of the journal article for this course is available at the Article website.

More detailed information on the content of this article is given in section 2h below.

APR Testing Services is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APR Testing Services maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

2.a Educational Objectives (top)

Upon completion of this home study program, the participant will be able to:

  1. State the three hypotheses of this test validation research.
  2. Define critical thinking in terms of this article’s conceptualization of the construct.
  3. Describe the authors’ conclusions concerning each of the three stated hypotheses.
  4. Describe the magnitude of the variance explained by critical thinking over and above that explained by cognitive ability.
  5. State implications of the findings regarding the future use of critical thinking skill testing for educational and employee selection.
  6. List at least one weakness in the procedure of this study.

2.b Target Audience (top)

This CE program is intended for psychologists who hold a doctoral degree. The course may be taken by other interested professionals (e.g.,senior human resource executives and consultants; upper-level managers).

2.c Schedule (top)

Access to program registration and post-test is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

2.d Cost and Refund/Cancellation Policy (top)

The fee for this home-study program is $10, which is $10 per CE credit. The fee is fully refundable for 60 days or until the post-test is taken, whichever comes first.

A copy of the journal article for this course is available at the Article website.

2.e Author Credentials (top)

The Mitre Corporation is an American NOT-for-profit organization based in Bedford, Massachusetts, and McLean, Virginia. It manages federally funded research and development centers supporting several U.S. government agencies. The Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) is an applied research company founded by Meredith P. Crawford and headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia which specializes in providing human capital management, education, resource analysis, and training for government and private companies.

2.f Number of CE Credits Offered (top)

Participants who complete this course by taking and passing the multiple-choice test will receive 1 CE credit.

2.g Location and Format (top)

This activity requires independent home-based study of Critical analytic thinking skills: Do they predict job-related task performance above and beyond general intelligence? (Elson et al., 2018). Following completion of the reading material, participants complete an Internet-based multiple-choice post-test on the statement content.

2.h Detailed Description of Program Material (top)

Publication citation:

Elson et al. (2018). Critical analytic thinking skills: Do they predict job-related task performance above and beyond general intelligence? Personnel Assessment and Decisions, 4, 9-29. Retrieved July, 2018, from https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/pad/vol4/iss1/2.

Article abstract:

Employers and government leaders have called attention to the need for critical thinking skills in the workforce, whereas business trends toward evidence-based decision making also highlight the increasing importance of the critical thinking skill set. Although studies have examined the relationship of critical thinking to behaviors or job performance, many have missed a key component: incremental predictive validity of critical thinking beyond cognitive ability. The current study defines critical thinking, presents results from a test development effort in which the conceptual defnition was operationalized as a measure of critical analytical thinking skills for government analysts, and presents results of a criterion validity study examining whether critical thinking skills predict technical performance generally and incrementally, beyond cognitive ability and other characteristics.

3. Conflict of Interest Statement (top)

APR Testing Services (APR) has no known conflict of interest with respect to this CE program. APR has not received any commercial support for this CE program.