Critical Thinking Skills: Profile and Mastering Concepts of Undergraduate Students

Rizkia Suciati, Herawati Susilo, Umie Lestari, Abdul Gofur


As one of the 21st-century skills, critical thinking (CT) is required by someone working in an interdisciplinary setting, and educators are expected to provide learning activities that enhance students’ CT skills. Biology, particularly Cell Biology, is seen as challenging since the topics covered therein relate to those covered in the following semester. This study is aimed to identify students’ CT skills in mastering concepts about Cell Membranes. This study enlisted the participation of 105 students from 2 universities. This research used an instrument test essay using the rubric CT skills by Terrel L. Rhodes, modified by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. The findings revealed that undergraduate students’ CT skills were classified as “basic” in mastering the concept of Cell Membrane. This research was conducted out as a preliminary study to improve the quality of the learning process, especially in the Cell Biology course.


critical thinking; mastering concepts; biology cell; biology learning; higher education


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