Beginner's Guide to Critical Thinking and Writing in Health and Social Care

ISBN-10: 0335243665
ISBN-13: 9780335243662
Edition: 2011
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 10/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

This is a beginner's guide to the skills of critical thinking, critical writing and critical appraisal in health and social care, and talks you through every stage of becoming a critical thinker. Each chapter tackles a different aspect of the process and using examples and simple language shows you how it's done.

Helen Aveyard is Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes, School of Health and Social Care, where she started in 2000. Before that she worked in HIV- AIDS for 5 years, and has previously held the Morva Fordham Scholarship in Health Care Ethics at King's College London. She undertook a nursing research study examining the ways in which informed consent is addressed by nurses prior to nursing care procedures and has interest in the ethical aspects of nursing practice.

Helen Aveyard is a senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, UK and author of the bestselling bookDoing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care(Open University Press, 2007).Pam Sharp is a senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She runs an undergraduate evidence based practice module and has a particular interest in practice education and mentoring.

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Introduction
What is 'critical thinking' and why is it important?
In this chapter we will:
Introduce and define critical thinking and say why it is important.
Give an example of critical thinking in action.
Introduce 'six questions to trigger critical thinking'.
Explore why critical thinking has become more important in recent years.
Explore how critical thinking can help you in your academic assignments and professional decision-making.
How you can think more critically about information that is readily available
In this chapter we will:
Identify what is readily available information.
Discuss how to judge the quality and usefulness of this information.
Show how you can begin to think critically about the information you find and how to use it.
Being more critical: how you can find the 'best available' evidence
In this chapter we will:
Explain why you need to dig a little deeper to find the �best available' evidence.
Explore the value of using specific databases to search for evidence, and examine how to plan and search for evidence using specific databases.
Discuss how to find the best available evidence.
Discuss what type of research you should look for and how you know when you have found it.
How you can demonstrate your critical thinking skills in your written work and presentations
In this chapter we will:
Discuss why it is important to incorporate critical flunking into your writing and presentations.
Discuss how you can recognize good critical writing and presentations.
Identify when you will need to incorporate critical thinking into your writing and presentations.
Explain how you can plan your written work and presentations effectively.
Discuss how you can present your critical thinking skills effectively in your writing and presentations.
How you can adopt critical thinking in your professional practice
In this chapter we will:
Discuss the context and complexity of critical thinking in professional practice.
Explore how you can think critically about routine, relying on your experience and learning from others.
Discuss how you can identify and use skills for critical thinking within your practice.
Examine how you can develop a more in-depth approach to critical thinking.
Enable you to identify whether your workplace/placement has a critical approach to learning and development and discuss how to influence it.
Shaping the future: what is the role of critical thinking in the development of health and social care services?
In this chapter we will:
Explore why critical thinking is important for developing a broader perspective in your personal, professional and academic life.
Discuss the changes influencing health and social care in the twenty-first century, and explore ways to respond to these as a critical thinker.
Describe what qualities and skills are needed to think critically from a broader perspective in relation to health and social care.
Discuss how you can broaden your horizons through networking with professionals and academics in different disciplines, professions and specialist fields.
Appendix: useful websites
Glossary
References
Index

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