Generation of a project proposal for an undergraduate literature review: one dimension of critical thinking

Alan Castle

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Abstract

Background: Higher education is concerned with developing the critical thinking skills of undergraduate students through academic study so that they are able to improve the delivery of health care in a dynamic and changing world of work. To continue his series on critical thinking from the July 2010 issue, the author discusses a second component of critical thinking. Contents: The generation component of critical thinking encourages students to develop skills of independent thinking and produce original and creative work. The worked example of a project proposal for an undergraduate literature review to evaluate the effectiveness of a range of topical preparations in the treatment of radiation-induced skin reactions, has been used to illustrate how students might go about demonstrating these skills. Conclusions: The worked example demonstrates how undergraduate students can be encouraged to analyse arguments, clarify their thinking and generate new ideas which constitutes the generation component of critical thinking.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-197
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Volume18
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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