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Critical thinking: a concept analysis

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dc.contributor.advisor Van der Wal, Dirk Mostert en
dc.contributor.advisor Potgieter, Eugené en Mashele, Mihloti en 2009-08-25T10:51:41Z 2009-08-25T10:51:41Z 2009-08-25T10:51:41Z 2003-11-30 en
dc.identifier.citation Mashele, Mihloti (2009) Critical thinking: a concept analysis, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract Critical thinking ability is imperative for nurse practitioners in the multidimensional unfolding health care arena. Consensus as to what critical thinking entails has yet to be articulated. This non-empirical study thus set out to clarify the concept "critical thinking. Walker and Avant's (1995) proposal for conducting a concept analysis was used within the qualitative research paradigm. Literature selected from the fields of education, philosophy, nursing and psychology was consulted as the main source of data. Thematic and theoretical sampling of literature were also embarked upon during the later stage of the research to add density to emergent categories and themes. Categories were organised according to the Strauss and Corbin (1995) paradigmatic model; indicating the antecedents, disposition of the thinker, attributes and critical attributes, and outcomes of critical thinking. The findings indicate that critical thinking is a complex, multidimensional, dynamic, existential and context dependent mental operation. The essence of critical thinking is further illuminated by the construction of a model case and additional cases. The concept critical thinking is finally succinctly defined. The implications that critical thinking holds for nursing education and practice are spelled out. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xv, 228 leaves) en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Think en
dc.subject Concept en
dc.subject Concept analysis en
dc.subject Critical en
dc.subject Critical thinking en
dc.subject Critical thinking model en
dc.subject.ddc 610.730692 en
dc.subject.lcsh Nurse practitioners en
dc.subject.lcsh Critical thinking en
dc.title Critical thinking: a concept analysis en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Health Studies en M.A. (Health Studies) en

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