Date of Award

Winter 12-12-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Career and Technology Education (MCTE)

First Advisor

Dr. Julie Dainty

Second Advisor

Dr. Greg Belcher

Third Advisor

Dr. Kristi Frisbee


The purpose of this study was to analyze how critical thinking skills are assessed for Physical Therapist Assistant students within the state of Kansas. Eight face to face interviews were conducted with clinical instructors who use the Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Performance Instrument (PTA-CPI) as the instrument to assess critical thinking. Physical Therapy educational facilities supplied the names of clinical instructors who met the study’s criteria. Clinical instructor’s gave their definition of critical thinking, stated the advantages and disadvantages of the PTA-CPI, described their perceptions of a PTA student’s critical thinking skills in the clinical educational setting, and discussed what they perceived as an adequate length of time for a PTA student to develop and assess critical thinking in the classroom as well as the clinical educational setting.



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