Does Implementation of a Nurse Educator Critical Thinking Resource Impact Critical Thinking Disposition?

81 Pages Posted: 26 May 2018

Date Written: March 19, 2018


Nurse educator mindsets are disposed to critical thinking and are an essential factor with facilitating attributes that are consistent with the development of nursing students ‘critical thinking skills. The project explored the associate degree nurse educator’ dimensions of critical thinking disposition with the use of the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory assessment and presentation of a critical thinking resource guide. The CCTDI was specifically designed to measure an individual’s willingness and disposition to think about thinking. The CCTDI measured seven habits of the mind that influence critical thinking disposition that include truth-seeking, inquisitiveness, systematicity, analycity, confidence, open-mindedness, and maturity. The purpose of the descriptive quantitative project was to assess CCTDI disposition component results and analyze the measurement of strengths, and weaknesses for critical thinking disposition. The CCTDI measures were obtained from 12 associate degree program full-time nurse educator from two campuses in Florida. The project data measurements included descriptive analytics and independent T-tests. Independent t-tests measured years in nursing practice, years teaching in nursing education, and age with CCTDI overall scores. The CCTDI indicated nurse educator overall scores mean at 298.23 demonstrating a definite inclination towards critical thinking, inquisitiveness at 44.23 one of the highest CCTDI scores of the seven components. Analysis of the CCTDI overall scores and age demonstrated average age mean of 52.46 that exhibited high CCTDI scores.

Keywords: Critical thinking disposition, Nurse educator, California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory rated

Suggested Citation

Gotay, Elizabeth, Does Implementation of a Nurse Educator Critical Thinking Resource Impact Critical Thinking Disposition? (March 19, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Elizabeth Gotay (Contact Author)

Rasmussen College ( email )

United States

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