Building Students’ Oral Presentation, Research Literacy, and Critical-Thinking Skills Through Three-Minute Presentations


  • Steven D. Seidel Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Author
  • Stephanie R. Rodriguez Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Author
  • Gina A. Hawkins Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Author


Critical Thinking


The three-minute thesis (3MT™), developed by the University of Queensland, is a tool that has been used to help graduate students articulate their research in a concise and engaging manner. This article describes processes for using a three-minute presentation (3MP) for classroom use to improve students’ research literacy, critical-thinking, and oral communication skills. Quantitative and qualitative retrospective self-report data collected suggest that the use of 3MP assignments positively impacts these skills. The 3MP format can be used for a wide range of assignments.