The Development and Retention of Critical Thinking Dispositions Among Students of the Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate Management Programs
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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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.
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