Accession Number:

ADA246669

Title:

The Development and Retention of Critical Thinking Dispositions Among Students of the Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate Management Programs

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

180.0

Abstract:

This effort analyzed the development and retention of critical thinking dispositions in students of the Air Force Institute of Technologys School of Systems and Logistics graduate management program. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator was used as a measure of subjects dispositions. Pre- and post- test surveys were administered when subjects entered and exited the program, and a follow-up administered two to five years later. The pre- and post-tests were administered to 427 subjects and the follow-up to 201 of those subjects. It was found that subjects increased their preference for logical, objective decision-making while enrolled in the program. Subjects also increased their preference for flexible, open-minded thinking, and for systematic, goal-oriented thinking, while enrolled in the program. After leaving the program, subjects retained part of the increase in the preference for logical, objective decision-making, none of the increased preference for flexible, open-minded thinking, and all of the increased preference for systematic, goal-oriented thinking.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE