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Deepening critical thinking skills through civic engagement in Malaysia higher education


Ahrari, Seyedali and Abu Samah, Bahaman and Hassan, Md Salleh and Abdul Wahat, Nor Wahiza and Zaremohzzabieh, Zeinab (2016) Deepening critical thinking skills through civic engagement in Malaysia higher education. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 22. pp. 121-128. ISSN 1871-1871; ESSN: 1878-0423


Developing critical thinking skills among undergraduates has been set as an aim in the higher education for years. In recent times, it has become more crucial in implementing this aim to improve students’ commitment to civic engagement. Thus, this study examined the association between civic engagement and critical thinking skills of Malaysian undergraduates. Based on related literature, this study is quantitative in nature where a total of 400 regular university students were chosen as participants. The results have proved that civic engagement has an impact on the students' critical thinking skills and its sub-domains can explain about almost half of the variance in critical thinking ability in the Malaysian context. Although civic skills have superior impacts on critical thinking skills, civic disposition seems to have less importance on it. The results also reveal the negative association between civic knowledge and critical thinking skills. It is hoped that this study can also provide the necessary resources for university faculty and administrators who are also interested in implementing civic engagement within the higher education context to build bridges between the university and its communities.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Institute for Social Science Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tsc.2016.09.009
Publisher: Elsevier
Keywords: Critical thinking skills; Higher education; Civic engagement; Civic skill; Civic knowledge; Civic disposition
Depositing User: Mohd Hafiz Che Mahasan
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2017 09:49
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2019 01:16
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/55432
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