Assignment: Critical Thinking Making

Assignment: Critical Thinking Making

Assignment: Critical Thinking Making

Assignment: Critical Thinking Making

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I have included a draft of how the paper outline should look over the next few weeks as well as a rubric. The articles used previously are at the end of the paper. In short, I want to know if problem based learning(teaching method) impacts critical thinking and clinical decision making in new (1st year) nursing students.

This is a two-part assignment:

Part 1: Locate five peer-reviewed articles published within the past 5 years related to a topic of interest you wish to explore for your dissertation research. Do not include book chapters, books, editorials, white papers, trade magazine articles, or non-peer-reviewed sources. Then, complete the following for each source in the form of an annotated bibliography:

Begin each annotation with an APA formatted reference.
Then, annotate the source with a block paragraph. The annotation should be double spaced, 200-250 words, including a brief synopsis of the article, the problem, the purpose, a description of the methodology, the findings, the recommendations for future research, and any particular strengths or weaknesses of the article.
Part 2: After reviewing each annotation, describe the topic you wish to explore for your dissertation research. This topic should logically flow from the gaps in the literature noted in your annotations.

Total Length: 5-7 pages, not including title and reference pages

Each annotation begins with an APA formatted reference and is followed by a summary of the source. The following questions can be used to craft the summary of the annotated sources:

What was the purpose of this research?
What was the problem the researcher(s) addressed?
What are the research questions?
What method and design were used in this research?
What were the results of the research?
What are the implications for future research?

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