The Evolution of Critical Thinking
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Critical thinking has changed from when the concept was first described in the 7th century. Philosophers and educators have sought to define and improve the concept many times. There exists a plethora of definitions for critical thinking which makes assessing student skill difficult. Nursing has discipline-specific concerns related to these definitions in part because college accreditation standards require evidence of critical thinking. Sound critical thinking establishes the foundation for clinical judgment. Many colleges are in the process of transforming delivery towards online education. Since critical thinking refers to outcome in many nursing schools, discourse on methods by which to assess critical thinking especially in online learners is relevant. As online nursing courses evolve, the need to design courses that facilitate critical thinking transcends to ensure that professional and institutional product and process outcomes are met.