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Critical Thinking in Nursing Education
A research proposal on how to best implement critical thinking in nursing curricula.
# 153397 | 2,486 words | 6 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 28, 2013 in Education (Higher) , Medical and Health (Nursing) , Research Designs (General)

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This paper proposes a methodology of research to determine the best method of introducing critical thinking into all levels of nursing curricula. The paper provides a brief overview of research in this area and argues that focusing on the importance of critical thinking will help to create new generations of nurses that are both able to provide the highest possible degree of care to their patients and fulfill their own ambitions to have an intellectually fulfilling career.

Research Design
Literature Review

From the Paper:

"There are two basic types of research: qualitative and quantitative, as well as "mixed methodology", which is a combination of both of these. One of the very first decisions that must be made when initiating a research project is to decide between these two basic approaches. To some extent this is a choice based on whether the information that one will gather is something that is already quantified: If the researcher is concerned with discrete bits of information (for example, the number of days a patient stays in a hospital after a particular procedure), then a quantitative analysis is probably best. Quantitative research tends to use methods such as surveys and questionnaires as well as data derived from behavior that is observed and then coded.
"If the point of the research, on the other hand, is to derive meaning, to understand how people understand their world, then qualitative methods are generally better. Qualitative data tend to be gathered using interviews and participant observation. However, at least as important as the type of data that the researcher is intent on gathering is the basic philosophy of the researcher. Researchers who use a quantitative method tend to believe that people can know the absolute truth, and indeed that there is an absolute truth to be known."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Duchscher, J. E. (1999). Catching the wave: understanding the concept of critical thinking. Journal of Advanced Nursing 29(3): 577-583.
  • Fowler, L.P. (1998). Improving critical thinking in nursing practice. Journal of Nurses Staff Development 14(4): 183-7.
  • Kuhar M.B. (1998). Critical thinking: A framework for problem solving in the occupational setting. AAOHN Journal 46(2): 80-81.
  • Simpson, E. & Courtney, M. (n.d.). Critical thinking in nursing education: A literature review. Retrieved from
  • Thornhill, S.K. & Wafer, M.S. (1997). Clinical process learning to improve critical thinking. Nursing Connection 10(3): 51-59.

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