Validation of an instrument to assess self-perception of critical thinking in students of medicine Validación de un instrumento para evaluar la autopercepción del pensamiento crítico en estudiantes de Medicina uri icon


  • The fast pace at which knowledge is generated means that students of medicine must develop generic skills during the course of their training. Critical thinking is essential to make self-regulated judgments based on substantiated reasoning. In order to measure students' skills, the Individual Generic Skill Questionnaire (CCGI, in Spanish) was developed, with 74 items that measure students' self-perception in the following skills: critical thinking, information literacy, self-management, time management, problem solving and decision-making. To validate the critical thinking section, 18 experts assessed the questionnaire and determined the relevance of each assertion, and the questionnaire was given to 135 students. Cronbach's alpha was 0.739 and a factorial analysis produced 3 components associated with different facets of critical thinking: information interpretation and analysis, making a judgment on a situation from objective and subjective information, and inferring the consequences of a decision based on self-regulated judgments. Descriptive statistics show that student self-perception is better regarding their preferences in assessing and inferring.

Publication date

  • January 1, 2017