Can One Learn to Think Critically? – A Philosophical Exploration
Christy Raymond-Seniuk*, 1, 2, Joanne Profetto-McGrath1
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2011
First Page: 45
Last Page: 51
Publisher Id: TONURSJ-5-45
Article History:Received Date: 10/1/2011
Revision Received Date: 18/5/2011
Acceptance Date: 19/5/2011
Electronic publication date: 21/6/2011
Collection year: 2011
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Within nursing, critical thinking is a required skill that educators strive to foster in their students’ development for use in complex healthcare settings. Hence the numerous studies published measuring critical thinking as a terminal outcome of education. However, an important comparison between different philosophical underpinnings such as person, truth and the nature of nursing, and how one defines and utilizes critical thinking in practice, has been absent from discussions about critical thinking and learning. When one views critical thinking with varying philosophical lenses, important questions are raised and discussion is expanded. These questions illuminate different perspectives of critical thinking and attempt to explore whether critical thinking can be learned in nursing. The implications of taking a single philosophical viewpoint and a pluralistic approach to understanding critical thinking and learning are explored.