Intro To Critical Thinking

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Also, the text is very American specific with many examples from and for an American audience.More diversity, especially in the examples, would be appropriate and appreciated.

Also, the text is very American specific with many examples from and for an American audience.More diversity, especially in the examples, would be appropriate and appreciated.

This is where a student I'll call Tiffany comes in.

Her story, from one of my first years as a senior-level clinical instructor in the ICU, taught me an important lesson about educating aspiring nurses on critical thinking skills. The phone rang, and the coordinator for the first-level students was in a panic.

IN NURSING SCHOOL, I learned about two types of thinking: There is the regular kind, and then there is critical thinking.

Although it sounds like it means thinking about important things, critical thinking really means using reflective, systematic thought processes while weighing alternatives and finding a creative solution.

All was quiet for about 10 minutes until Tiffany returned in another state of panic. As an instructor, I now develop assignments that require students to be creative, encourage problem-solving skills with individualized case studies and simulations, and challenge students with Socratic questioning and open-ended examinations instead of using a strict multiple-choice format.

Her patient was now too weak to hold on to the urinal. After explaining to the student what it meant to be a critical thinker and the value and characteristics thereof, I asked her to try to reason out an answer to her problem. By taking this approach, instructors can begin to build those critical thinking skills that are so essential to professional practice.This is an excellent introductory (first-year) Logic and Critical Thinking textbook.The book covers the important elementary information, clearly discussing such things as the purpose and basic structure of an argument; the difference between an...It also does a good job introducing and discussing informal fallacies (Chapter 4).The incorporation of opportunities to evaluate real-world arguments is also very effective.I was unfamiliar with this level of student, but the coordinator assured me that I could handle it.The students would just be changing bed linens and providing bed baths. I quickly took inventory of the patient census and assigned each student to a patient.read more see less This is an excellent introductory (first-year) Logic and Critical Thinking textbook.The book covers the important elementary information, clearly discussing such things as the purpose and basic structure of an argument; the difference between an argument and an explanation; validity; soundness; and the distinctions between an inductive and a deductive argument in accessible terms in the first chapter.However, the terms are clearly and thoroughly explained within the text,...read more see less The text covers all the relevant technical aspects of introductory logic and critical thinking, and covers them well.

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