Ever wondered what critical thinking actually is and how you can apply it in your academic work and practice?
This bestselling guide takes you through every stage of becoming a critical thinker, from approaching your subject to writing your essays or dissertation in health and social care. Each chapter tackles a different aspect of critical thinking and shows you how it's done using examples and simple language.
Beginning with an overview of the importance of critical thinking, the book goes on to cover:
- How to think critically about different types of information as potential evidence, including books, journals, articles, websites, and, new to this edition, social media
- How to demonstrate critical thinking in written work and presentations
- How to adopt critical thinking in practice
- The key tool 'Six questions for critical thinking' which will assist you in developing your skills for academic work and practice - updated for this edition in response to student evaluation
- An expanded worked example of critical analysis
- New exploration of the connection between theory and practice
"This is an amazing book that I recommend to all levels of students as there is something in it for all. It is written in an easy to understand and friendly style that is accessible to anyone has an interest in critical thinking whether they are studying or not. I love this book and the sound of the penny dropping for my learners!"
Liz Rockingham, Adult Field Lead / Teaching Fellow, University of Surrey, UK
"In my estimation this is the definitive beginner‘s guide to critical thinking and writing in health and social care. After reading this book any student should understand why and how critical thinking underpins professional practice and the highest endeavours in academic work and research."
Dr Ruth Davies, Associate Professor Child and Family Health, Swansea University, UK
"I did not intend to read this book cover to cover but it was such a pleasure I did. The book by Aveyard, Sharp and Woolliams achieves exactly what it sets out to do and is a comprehensive and highly readable guide."
Ailsa Espie, Senior Lecturer, Division of Nursing, Queen Margaret University, UK
"Health and social care professionals navigate through extensive quantities of information in the course of their work. The ability to think clearly and critically is fundamental for appraising and implementing evidence and knowledge in practice. This book is an excellent place to start learning these vital skills and I recommend it to my students and to you."
Dr Martin Webber, Anniversary Reader in Social Work, University of York, UK
"I would recommend this book to any health care student, not just nurses, that require help in starting out how to write critically in essays, presentations, literature reviews and dissertations."
Jade Day, Student Nurse at Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Publisher: Open University Press
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 230 x 155 x 11 mm
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