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Critical thinking among environmental health undergraduates and implications for the profession.

* During a study conducted in 2000-2002, the critical-thinking dispositions of undergraduate environmental health students were found to have significant shortcomings.

* The critical-thinking-disposition scores were comparable to those of other undergraduates throughout the United States and Canada.

* Nevertheless, the shortcomings have significant implications for environmental health academic programs and the profession.

* The challenges faced by the profession in terms of recognition, funding, and public support require a high level of critical thinking.

* A critical thinker is able to "assess the credibility of a source of information," according to one theorist of critical thinking.

* A critical thinker also is able to "recognize a problem and describe it without bias."

* Critical thinkers take both a broader and a deeper view of any problem or condition.

* As a result, they can anticipate "the implications of a position someone is advocating."

* Most importantly, critical thinkers are aware of their own thinking and seek to improve it.

* They understand their biases and limitations and constantly monitor their thinking to minimize errors.

* Results of this study indicated that college experience (total credit hours) appears to be an influential factor in improving critical-thinking dispositions.

* In addition, critical-thinking dispositions did not appear to be strongly related to any measure of academic performance in this study.

* This result suggests that even average students can develop strong critical-thinking dispositions.

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