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Translate this page from English Print Page Change Text Size: T T T Critical Thinking: Critical thinking is essential to effective learning and productive living.
Would you share your definition of critical thinking? First, since critical thinking can be defined in a number of different ways consistent with each other, we should not put a lot of weight on any one definition. Definitions are at best scaffolding for the mind. With this qualification in mind, here is a bit of scaffolding: Two things are crucial: To put it briefly, it is self-improvement in thinking through standards that assess thinking.
Could you give me an example? Certainly, one of the most important distinctions that teachers need to routinely make, and which takes disciplined thinking to make, is that between reasoning and subjective reaction.
Often, teachers are unclear about this basic difference. Many teachers are apt to take student writing or speech which is fluent and witty or glib and amusing as good thinking. They are often unclear about the constituents of good reasoning.
Hence, even though a student may just be asserting things, not reasoning things out at all, if she is doing so with vivacity and flamboyance, teachers are apt to take this to be equivalent to good reasoning. This was made clear in a recent California state-wide writing assessment in which teachers and testers applauded a student essay, which they said illustrated "exceptional achievement" in reasoned evaluation, an essay that contained no reasoning at all, that was nothing more than one subjective reaction after another.
Could this possibly be a rare mistake, not representative of teacher knowledge? Let me suggest a way in which you could begin to test my contention. Namely, "What intellectual standards does the program articulate and teach?
And then when you explain what you mean, I think you will find that the person is not able to articulate any such standards. Thinking skills programs without intellectual standards are tailor-made for mis-instruction. For example, one of the major programs asks teachers to encourage students to make inferences and use analogies, but is silent about how to teach students to assess the inferences they make and the strengths and weaknesses of the analogies they use.
This misses the point.
The idea is not to help students to make more inferences but to make sound ones, not to help students to come up with more analogies but with more useful and insightful ones.
What is the solution to this problem? How, as a practical matter, can we solve it?
Well, not with more gimmicks or quick fixes. Not with more fluff for teachers. Only with quality long-term staff development that helps the teachers, over an extended period of time, over years not months, to work on their own thinking and come to terms with what intellectual standards are, why they are essential, and how to teach for them.
The State Department in Hawaii has just such a long-term, quality, critical thinking program see " mentor program ". In addition, the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking Instruction is focused precisely on the articulation of standards for thinking.
I am hopeful that eventually, through efforts such as these, we can move from the superficial to the substantial in fostering quality student thinking. The present level of instruction for thinking is very low indeed.How to Master NCLEX-Style Test Questions.
The Value of Critical Thinking in Nursing + Examples. Clinical skills in nursing are obviously important, but critical thinking is at the core of being a good nurse. The nurse needs to be able to give a sound rationale for her answers. Quizzes › Career › Nursing › Nursing Process › Nursing Process And Critical Thinking.
Nursing Process And Critical Thinking. 49 Questions | By Arnoldjr2 | Last Questions and Answers Both the nursing process and the nursing care plan are purely critical thinking strategies.
D. Furthermore, critical thinking, because it involves our working out afresh our own thinking on a subject, and because our own thinking is always a unique product of our self-structured experience, ideas, and reasoning, is intrinsically a new "creation", a new "making", .
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Nursing Diagnoses & Critical Thinking. Objective: Discuss the relationships among the nursing process, critical thinking, the problem-solving process, and the decision-making process. Rationale: When using inductive reasoning, the nurse expects to form generalizations from facts or observations.
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