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2018 Abstracts

The Effect of Algebra on Critical Thinking Skills of Students

Edgar Judd, Southern Utah University

This study investigated the effect of college-level algebra on critical thinking skills. Students were given critical thinking tasks to perform at the start, middle, and end of math classes during the 2016-17 academic year. They were also offered the opportunity to discuss their performance afterwards. Results did not show a clear relationship between mathematical reasoning and improved critical thinking skills; however, several possible influences on the findings raise interesting questions for additional research.