In a recent study, researchers found that students with higher critical thinking skill scores, including verbal reasoning, were more likely to be able to recognize that a problem was likely to require solutions.
Those with lower scores tended to believe that solutions were likely to come from somewhere else.
The researchers said the study supports previous findings that the ability to reason about problems is key to success in education.
“It is possible that students who demonstrate a high level of critical thinking in the classroom, particularly in math and science, may be better prepared to learn the critical thinking tasks,” the researchers wrote.
“The results of this study highlight the need for educators to consider how critical thinking might be integrated in teaching and learning.”
The researchers also noted that some children with higher scores on critical thinking are also more likely than others to take the tests and take the test-taking exam.
The APS data also showed that students’ test scores did not vary by race or ethnicity.
Students from different races scored about the same on the critical thought and math tests.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.