Prediction of critical thinking disposition based on mentoring among faculty members
This study attempted to see if there is any relationship between Mentoring and critical thinking disposition among faculty members and predict critical thinking disposition based on faculty members mentoring. The study population is all full-time faculty members of Isfahan University as 500 in academic year 2013-2014. To this end, a random sample of 217 faculty members was selected. The following scales were applied: critical thinking disposition (Ricketts, 2003) and Mentoring scale (Based on Anderson and Shannon mentoring principles, 1988) .The validity of scales was computed with factor analysis by confirmatory method and alpha coefficients for determining the reliability of each variable were as follows: Critical thinking disposition (α=.95) and Mentoring (α=.82). The results of study showed that there was a significantly positive correlation between Mentoring and Critical thinking disposition among faculty members. The findings showed that 67% of variance of critical thinking disposition was defined by predictive variables. The faculty members evaluated themselves in all mentoring and critical thinking lower than desirable level.
Keywords: Mentoring, Critical thinking disposition, Faculty members