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Critical Thinking in Health and Social Care



October 2007 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This book will serve well a diverse audience - in policy formulation and practice determination at all levels - who are committed to the nation's health and well-being' - Dianne Willcocks, Vice Chancellor, York St John University

Critical Thinking in Health & Social Care is designed to equip practitioners with the knowledge and tools they need to critically examine practice in their own workplace.

The book presents a range of different approaches, which have particular relevance in the context of health and social care. Each approach is explained and grounded in practice using case studies, problem-solving scenarios and workplace examples. The practical tools which form the core of the book are contextualised by an exploration of what constitutes knowledge and evidence and the types of assumptions which are commonly held and which have a bearing on practice.

This is an essential text for advanced post-graduate health and social care students, and for those who are moving into more senior and strategic roles. Critical Thinking in Health & Social Care provides an array of tools which can be used to challenge and change existing practice and to solve problems.

Stella Jones-Devitt is Head of Subject for Health Studies and Community Engagement at York St John University. Liz Smith is Programme Leader for Health Professional Studies, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull

 
PART ONE: A THEORETICAL OVERVIEW
Stella Jones-Devitt and Liz Smith
Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking
Stella Jones-Devitt and Liz Smith
The Authenticity of Knowledge
Stella Jones-Devitt and Liz Smith
Assumptions
Peter Draper and Liz Smith
The Nature of Evidence
 
PART TWO: KEY THEORETICAL TOOLS OF CRITICAL THINKING
Stella Jones-Devitt and Liz Smith
Political Ideologies
Liz Smith and Stella Jones-Devitt
Moral Reasoning
Stella Jones-Devitt and Julie Dickinson
Feminism and Post-Feminism
Stella Jones-Devitt and Liz Smith
Critical Realism
Liz Smith and Stella Jones-Devitt
Chaos and Complexity Theories
Peter Draper and Stella Jones-Devitt
Post-modernism and Post-structuralism
 
PART THREE: APPLICATION TO HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE PRACTICE
Liz Smith and Julie Dickinson
Case Studies in Health and Social Care
Liz Smith and Julie Dickinson
The Implications for Practice

Some students experience difficulty in understanding what is required when they are asked to be critical. Such students are directed to this book.

Mr Sylvia Hepworth
Division of Community Studies, Huddersfield University
March 3, 2011

Excellent for supporting study skills workshop - I also recommend it in other units

Mrs Lyz Howard
Health , DHSS Education and Training Centre
November 25, 2009

Excellent core text , have used it as a core text to support undergraduate dissertation students and also as essentail reading for the MSC postgraduate students.

Mrs Deborah Brittain
Nursing , University of Central Lancashire
November 17, 2009

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