Relationship between critical thinking and discourse complexity among university students
Lilian Hammer Krawczyk, Universidad de La Serena, Chile
Cristián Noemi Padilla, Universidad de La Serena, Chile
Lilian Hammer Krawczyk y Cristián Noemi Padilla, 2015: "Relación entre pensamiento crítico y complejidad discursiva en estudiantes universitarios", Onomázein 32, 184-197.
DOI: 10.7764/onomazein.32.10

This study is intended to reveal aspects of the relationship between critical thinking skills —or critical thinking level— and the complexity in university students' discourse. Traditionally, this relationship has not been studied in depth. Previous studies have only considered minimal variables, and have focused mainly on syntactic structure. Data for our study was obtained from two sources: a) results from the Critical Thinking Test (CTC) and b) a writing assignment, namely a narrative/argumentative essay. Our findings have enabled us to identify a direct association between "critical thinking" and "discourse complexity". Based on these findings, we have formed a preliminary theory on the nature of this relationship.