An Investigation of Primary School Students’ Critical Thinking Dispositions and Decision-Making Skills

Volume 8 Issue 2 (March 2023)
Engin KARAHAN Mehmet Arif BOZAN Ahmet Oğuz AKÇAY İsmail Mustafa AKÇAY
Pages: 137-150 Download Count : 668 View Count: 929 DOI Number 10.24331/ijere.1205285 Facebook Share on Google+ Save to Zotero Save to Mendeley


The aim of this study is to determine the relationship between 3rd and 4th-grade primary school students’ critical thinking dispositions and decision-making skills. The participants in this study consist of 3rd and 4th-grade students studying in a primary school in Istanbul, Turkey, and a total of 749 students participated. The correlational design, one of the quantitative research designs, was used in the study. The Critical Thinking Disposition Scale for Primary School Students and the Decision-Making Skills Scale for Primary School Students were used as data collection tools. An independent sample t-test was conducted to examine the scales according to variables such as gender and grade level. One-Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was applied to examine the scale scores according to the educational status of the parents. Finally, Simple Linear Regression Analysis was performed to examine the relationship between the scales. The results showed that primary school students' critical thinking disposition level was higher than the mean score, and their decision-making skills were average. Also, it was found that primary school students’ critical thinking dispositions predicted their decision-making skills.


  • Primary school; critical thinking; decision-making
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