Dispositions Toward Critical Thinking: The preservice teacher's perspective Academic Article uri icon


  • This study examines the critical thinking (CT) dispositions of 202 preservice physical education students in the US. All were juniors or seniors and enrolled in physical education secondary teaching methods classes. Results provided evidence of a positive inclination toward CT on six of seven subscales and the total score of the California Critical Thinking Dispositions Inventory (CCTDI). When compared with other university populations, the preservice physical education sample generated higher scores than community college students, but were generally outscored by students from a private 4-year university cohort. Knowledge of the CCTDI data can be used to assist physical education teacher educators as they prepare teachers capable of fostering CT in their students. 2002 Taylor & Francis Ltd.

published proceedings

  • Teachers and Teaching

author list (cited authors)

  • Mcbride, R. E., Xiang, P., & Wittenburg, D.

citation count

  • 24

complete list of authors

  • Mcbride, Ron E||Xiang, Ping||Wittenburg, David

publication date

  • January 2002