Diversity in learning options can increase efficacy of volunteer development systems. The University of Florida Critical Thinking Inventory (UFCTI) is designed to explicate an individual's critical thinking style based upon a continuum from Seeking Information to Engagement. Static and interpretive materials are best used with individuals of a Seeking Information style, while interactive elements are better suited for those preferring Engagement. Extension educators should consider measuring volunteer critical thinking styles using the UFCTI and then aligning programs with the needs of their learners. This article describes potential benefits and uses for the instrument and its relevancy to volunteerism in Extension.
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Gay, K. D., Terry, B., & Lamm, A. J. (2015). Identifying Critical Thinking Styles to Enhance Volunteer Development. The Journal of Extension, 53(6), Article 28. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.53.06.28