Using critical thinking in a web-based public budgeting course

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Abstract

Although the use of Internet-based courses continues to grow in the field of public administration education, evidence about the use of critical thinking in Internet-based course discussion questions is still sparse. Studies suggest that many Internet-based courses fail to incorporate critical thinking into the discussion. This article examines use of critical thinking in an electronic Discussion Board in an internet-based course. The author finds that Discussion Questions, in conjunction with Case Assignments and examinations have the potential to provide a forum for developing critical thinking skills since students have more time to reflect on their response than they do in a regular classroom setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-518
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2007

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Public Administration

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