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Evaluating Critical Thinking in Clinical Practice

Oermann, Marilyn H. PhD, RN, FAAN

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Although much has been written about measurement instruments for evaluating critical thinking in nursing, this article describes clinical evaluation strategies for critical thinking. Five methods are discussed: 1) observation of students in practice; 2) questions for critical thinking, including Socratic questioning; 3) conferences; 4) problemsolving strategies; and 5) written assignments. These methods provide a means of evaluating students' critical thinking within the context of clinical practice.

Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, e-mail: moermann@msn.com.

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