purpose of this study was to identify the relationships among disposition
toward critical thinking, learning s,
and caring behaviors in student nurses enrolled in three 5-year junior
nursing colleges in Southern Taiwan.
Methods: This cross-sectional study used a convenience sample that
comprised 777 nursing students from two cities. The data were obtained
through the Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory, Chinese Version (CTDI-CV), Index of Learning Styles (ILS), and
the Caring Behavior Scale (CBS). The sample ranged in age from 16 to 22 years (M = 18.21). Results: Students scored
highest on the inquisitiveness subscale and lowest on the truth-seeking
subscale. Additionally, some dimensions of disposition toward critical thinking
differed significantly by learning . There was a positive relationship
between overall critical thinking dispositions and caring behaviors (r = 0.23, p < 0.01). Finally, dimensions of caring behavior, with the
exception of the maturity dimension, were significantly positively related to
most dimensions of the disposition toward critical thinking (p < 0.05). Conclusion: The findings
indicate that not only is learning related to critical thinking
disposition but also to caring behaviors. However, the cause of these
relationships warrants further study.
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