Reviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This is an anthology of techniques for fostering critical thinking and reasoning from a variety of health professions.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide readers with best practices in addressing the reflective and deliberate thinking process involved in clinical judgment. This is a worthwhile endeavor as there is a need to learn more about an individual's critical thinking skills and dispositions.
Audience: The target audience includes those working in health sciences professional development and education. The authors are renowned in the field of critical thinking.
Features: The contributors and authors describe various methods of fostering clinical reasoning. Health sciences are represented and include areas such as nursing, medical assisting, and medicine. Chapters include goals for the class, learning objectives, and description of the techniques/exercises. Examples of some of the methods used include case studies, use of media, use of creative arts, role playing, reflection, journaling, and use of posters.
Assessment: This book should be a useful resource for anyone looking for examples of how to foster clinical thinking/reasoning. It provides one with a place to start and can spur the development of additional examples.