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Disaster management and the critical thinking skills of local emergency managers: correlations with age, gender, education, and years in occupation

Disaster management and the critical thinking skills of local emergency managers: correlations... Emergency managers must be able to think critically in order to identify and anticipate situations, solve problems, make judgements and decisions effectively and efficiently, and assume and manage risk. Heretofore, a critical thinking skills assessment of local emergency managers had yet to be conducted that tested for correlations among age, gender, education, and years in occupation. An exploratory descriptive research design, using the Watson–Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal‐Short Form (WGCTA‐S), was employed to determine the extent to which a sample of 54 local emergency managers demonstrated the critical thinking skills associated with the ability to assume and manage risk as compared to the critical thinking scores of a group of 4,790 peer‐level managers drawn from an archival WGCTA‐S database. This exploratory design suggests that the local emergency managers, surveyed in this study, had lower WGCTA‐S critical thinking scores than their equivalents in the archival database with the exception of those in the high education and high experience group. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Disasters Wiley

Disaster management and the critical thinking skills of local emergency managers: correlations with age, gender, education, and years in occupation

Disasters , Volume 37 (1) – Jan 1, 2013

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Wiley
Copyright
© 2013 The Author(s). Journal compilation © Overseas Development Institute, 2013
ISSN
0361-3666
eISSN
1467-7717
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-7717.2012.01291.x
pmid
23067348
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Abstract

Emergency managers must be able to think critically in order to identify and anticipate situations, solve problems, make judgements and decisions effectively and efficiently, and assume and manage risk. Heretofore, a critical thinking skills assessment of local emergency managers had yet to be conducted that tested for correlations among age, gender, education, and years in occupation. An exploratory descriptive research design, using the Watson–Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal‐Short Form (WGCTA‐S), was employed to determine the extent to which a sample of 54 local emergency managers demonstrated the critical thinking skills associated with the ability to assume and manage risk as compared to the critical thinking scores of a group of 4,790 peer‐level managers drawn from an archival WGCTA‐S database. This exploratory design suggests that the local emergency managers, surveyed in this study, had lower WGCTA‐S critical thinking scores than their equivalents in the archival database with the exception of those in the high education and high experience group.

Journal

DisastersWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2013

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