Santa Clara University

Carol Ann Gittens Ph.D.

Ph.D. Director, SCU Assessment Office Associate Professor of Teacher Education Santa Clara University

Dr. Carol Ann Gittens received her Ph.D. in social / personality psychology in 1996, from the University of California at Riverside.  Dr. Gittens joined the faculty of Santa Clara University in 1997, and is an Associate Professor in the Education department and the undergraduate Liberal Studies program.  Dr. Gittens teaches courses in educational assessment, research methods, instructional technology and curriculum innovation, critical thinking pedagogy, psychological foundations of education, developmental psychology, and community health education.

The central focus of Dr. Gittens' research is on the interface of critical thinking, motivation, and academic achievement of adolescents and young adults from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Dr. Gittens is an author or co-author on numerous articles on critical thinking skills and dispositions. Her 2001 article in the Journal of General Education presents the findings from an investigation across four years of critical thinking dispositions among a college student sample. Dr. Gittens is first-author of the California Measure of Mental Motivation (CM3), a critical thinking disposition assessment instrument for children, adolescents and adults, and the Adolescent Reasoning Test (ART). The validation study of the CM3 was published in 2004 in the Journal of Educational and Psychological Measurement and the validation work for the ART is ongoing. Dr. Gittens' consulting activities include working with college administrators, faculty and staff, K-12 educators, as well as business executives, managers and employees. Dr. Gittens' areas of expertise include critical thinking pedagogy and assessment, integrating critical thinking across the curriculum, critical thinking and co-curricular programs, as well as statistics and assessment design for individuals and institutions.
Quote: "As educators and mentors, we must strive to expose our students to the process of our thinking. Too often students experience only the product of our thinking, and thus opportunities to model sound reasoning are lost." - Carol Ann Gittens, Ph.D.