A Beginner'S Guide To Critical Thinking And Writing In Health And Social Care

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Critical thinking is a key concept well established within higher education (Moon, 2008, p.6).Students arriving from secondary schools or further education colleges have been found to struggle with transition in teaching methods.

Critical thinking is a key concept well established within higher education (Moon, 2008, p.6).Students arriving from secondary schools or further education colleges have been found to struggle with transition in teaching methods.

Some studies suggest this is common with non-traditional students, those studying alternative studies to A’levels (Moon, 2008, p.108).

Yet, overall there is a rise of first-class honours being awarded to undergraduate students (Adams, 2018).

These elements are measured via metrics such as employability, under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF); and are therefore of great importance to higher education providers aspiring to achieve Gold status (Department of Education, 2017, p.68).

This TEF judgement will potentially influence students’ decisions on where to study in addition to higher education student satisfaction which is measured through the National Student Survey (NSS).

However, the measurement of student satisfaction is not representative of students’ acquisition of knowledge, or skills such as critical thinking.

They argue that universities should work towards enhancing the student experience, rather than focus on processes; that satisfaction does not equate to student happiness (Dean and Gibbs, 2014, p.16).These skills could be developed earlier than higher education, through secondary education.Mc Peck (2016) p.58 declares that secondary schools within disciplinary subjects are failing to develop critical thinking, moreover, teaching factually, rather than conceptually.It therefore could be judged that the quality of an academic programme will equate to positive academic success.There is an expectation that university programmes will deliver teaching excellence, ensuring that programmes are well designed, supportive to students, enabling the development of skills that will lead to employment, such as working in teams, and notably critical thinking (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 2016, p.43).However, dependent on the quality of teaching the student has previously experienced, there is no guarantee that an applicant has good critical thinking skills if they have for example studied an A’level in Ethics and Philosophy.A high grade in an A’level in Ethics and Philosophy may be a good indicator of critical thinking as intelligence is identifiably linked to critical thinking (Mc Peck, 2016, p.35).Healthcare professionals are often working in challenging environments that require a critical way of thinking (Aveyard et al; 2015, p.102).Occupational therapy professional reasoning includes the ability to critically think, deciding on what is the best intervention for a client and being able to justify decisions.This places pressure on undergraduate students to do well academically and achieve first-class honours.Students work hard and can often be disappointed when they do not achieve the high grades which they expect.

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