Online Critical Thinking in Problem-Solving Groups

Online Critical Thinking in Problem-Solving Groups

Deana L. Molinari (Washington State University Intercollegiate College of Nursing, USA) and Alice E. Dupler (Washington State University Intercollegiate College of Nursing, USA)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-555-9.ch202
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Abstract

There are many different definitions of critical thinking (CT). Some type of the concept is taught in all higher education disciplines. Academia teaches teamwork and critical thinking (Cathcart & Samovar, 1992) because the professional world requires small-group decision making (Jonassen & Kwon, 2001). Critical thinking is taught by precept and practice (Facione, 1995; Wilkinson, 2001; Winningham, 2000). Constructivists recommend dialogue because meaningful discussion enhances experiential learning through social negotiations and reflection (Vrasidas & McIsaac, 1999). Collaborative problem solving is often utilized in nursing education to increase critical thinking (Collis, Andernach, & Van Diepen, 1997; Cragg, 1991; Crooks, Klein, Savenye, & Leader, 1998; Krothe, Pappas, & Adair, 1996).

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