Abstract
INVESTIGATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CRITICAL THINKING AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OF STUDENTS STUDYING ENGLISH TRANSLATION IN CHABAHAR UNIVERSITES IN 2016. A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY

Malek Mohammad Hout* and Abdolmaek Danesh

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Introduction: Paying attention to the improvement of students’ critical thinking skills is an important principle in teaching and learning processes because the ability to think critically is essential for success in today’s world. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the relationship between critical thinking and academic achievement of students studying English translation in the city of Chabahar in Iran. Research approach: This is a descriptive cross-sectional study that was conducted on 90 students of English Translation of Chabahar in 1395 (2016). The samples were randomly selected. Data collection was done by Ricketts’ Critical Thinking questionnaire. Finally, after collecting the information, data were analysed using SPSS software version 19 and descriptive statistics. Findings: The results obtained from this study showed that 90 students of English translation participated in this study and 63 of these samples (65.6%) were male. The average age of these students was 23.92 ±5.57. Pearson’s correlation test showed that there is a significant relationship between critical thinking and academic achievement of students (p=0.02). This means that by increasing students’ critical thinking skills, they also have higher academic performances. Conclusion: Given that the results of this study showed that there is a correlation between critical thinking and academic achievement, therefore, we can play an important role in developing students’ critical thinking skills by modifying and providing appropriate educational process and methods.

Keywords: Critical thinking, academic achievement, students.


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