’I would recommend this book to any health care student, not just nurses, that require help in starting out how to write critically in essays, presentations, literature reviews and dissertations.’
Title: A Beginner’s Guide to Critical Thinking and Writing in Health and Social Care
Authors: Helen Aveyard, Pam sharp and Mary Wooliams
Publisher: Open University Press
Reviewer: Jade Day, student nurse at Anglia Ruskin
What was it like?
This book is a really easy to follow guide on Critical Thinking and how as healthcare professionals we can include this in our day to day practice or written work. Its logical flow starting with critical thinking as a concept and then moving on to how to use this, makes understanding and applying quite easy to follow.
What were the highlights?
Throughout the book it has wonderful little aids that help break up the text and help you look at things from a fresh perspective. Using bullet point introductions in each chapter, small activities to complete, key points that need summarised and highlighted and thought bubbles that bring important points to attention, this book has enough tools to keep you steady and engaged while reading.
Strengths and Weaknesses:
This book has a multitude of strengths including the tools I mentioned above. Further to that I loved the excerpts and demonstrations of how critical thinking has been included in written pieces. It has a wonderful Appendix full of really useful websites to look at, a glossary that helps define any unfamiliar terms and a whole bunch of useful references. I personally cannot find any issues or particular weaknesses regarding this book and I’m really glad I have it at my disposal moving forward into my next essay.
Who should read it?
I would recommend this book to any health care student, not just nurses, that require help in starting out how to write critically in essays, presentations, literature reviews and dissertations.
a beginner’s guide to critical thinking and writing