Investigating the Relationship between Critical Thinking and Academic Achievement in Male Students of the Islamic Azad University of Ahvaz Branch
Peyman Pozhhan, Kourosh Goodarzi, Mehdi Roozbehani
Purpose: The final responsible of the active learning process, which is carried out by the aid of teaching training activities, is academic achievement. The present research has been conducted aiming to investigate the relationship between critical thinking and academic achievement among male students of the Islamic Azad University of Ahvaz branch. Method: Since this research seeks to describe and explain the relationship between variables, it is among descriptive researches type. The statistical population is 750 male students that 256 people were selected by stratified random sampling method as samples. California Critical Thinking Skills Questionnaire (Facion, 1997) was distributed among them. Data analysis was performed by using Pearson correlation coefficient and multiple regression statistical tests.
Findings: The results showed that a greater percentage of respondents have had 36 to 40 years old. Also, a greater percentage of respondents to the questionnaire have also been married and employed. Also, the critical thinking of respondents to the questionnaire had the mean of 18.42 and the standard deviation of 4.05, and their academic achievement had the mean of 16.60 and the standard deviation has been 2.16. The results showed that there is a direct and positive correlation between critical thinking and academic achievement. The regression analysis of data also showed that critical thinking variable justifies 52% of academic achievement variance. Conclusion: According to the research findings, it is concluded that the tendency to entrepreneurship and critical thinking affect the academic achievement of students. Finally, the ratio of critical thinking development and students' tendency to entrepreneurship were assessed with regard to the provided education, and it was specified that training critical thinking and tendency to entrepreneurship increase students' academic achievement.