A beginner's guide to critical thinking and writing in by Helen Aveyard, Pam Sharp, Mary

By Helen Aveyard, Pam Sharp, Mary

This publication bargains an alternate, practical and sensible method of aid these in well-being and social care severely appraise what they learn and what they see within the workplace.


Ever struggled to put in writing a severe essay? Ever puzzled what severe pondering really is and the way you could observe it on your educational paintings and your perform? This advisor introduces the abilities of Read more...

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Key points 1 Critical thinking is essential to promote reasonable decision-making. 2 Critical thinking means being critical about the information we receive and how we use it. 3 Information is expanding in all areas of health and social care – some information is useful and relevant, some less so, and some can be inaccurate or misleading. 4 As professionals we need to be able to work out which information is useful to us and use it appropriately. 5 We suggest using the ‘six questions to trigger critical thinking’ approach to do this – this should help you to identify the most appropriate sources and enable you to be more critical of the information you use in your academic work and professional practice.

Not to be redistributed or modified in any way without permission. 36 22/09/2011 15:17 Being more critical: how you can find the ‘best available’ evidence Why do you need to dig deeper to find evidence? • Beginning the search process • Using subject-specific electronic databases • How can you plan and search for literature using specific databases? • What is the ‘best available’ evidence? • Research evidence • In summary • Key points In this chapter we will: • Explain why you need to dig a little deeper to find the ‘best available’ evidence.

Not to be redistributed or modified in any way without permission. THE NEED TO THINK CRITICALLY HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT . . 22/09/2011 15:17 CRITICAL THINKING AND WRITING IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE it ruled that this was not an essential practice and the patient lost his case. Thus at the time, the standard of care was set by the opinion of professional groups who did not have to rely on evidence to defend their practice. It was enough that other professionals would back them up, irrespective of what the evidence advised was best practice.

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