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The Dissertation Process and Critical Thinking

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The Dissertation Process and Critical Thinking

  1. 1. Critical Thinking: A Key Component of the Dissertation Process by Lisa MacLeod
  2. 2. The Doctoral Dissertation
  3. 3. Why is thinking creatively important? • Creative thinking is essential to successful management of growth and change in organizations (Cohen, 2002). • Critical thinking is a key element of the new paradigm to educate students for the future (Eisner, 2003). • Proposed gifted student model based on creative and critical thinking (Mumford, 1998). • Teachers avoiding the one goal they want their students to attain (Winn, 2004).
  4. 4. Why apply creative thinking to the dissertation process? • Research needs to be justified. • Critical analysis is necessary for everything that is encountered. • Critical thinking is a willingness to challenge and be challenged. • Critical thinking is important to forming a hypothesis.
  5. 5. However, be critical of creative thinking! • Barriers to creative thinking can be overcome through creativity, innovation, change and effective problem solving. • Critical thinking does not stand alone and is only a part of the realization of education. • Students in high achievement classes are provided creative and critical thinking activities. • Critical thinking is also applicable to addressing no-controversial issues (Swaner, 2005).
  6. 6. References Cohen, S. (2002, August). Don’t overlook creative thinking. Nursing Management, 33(8), 9-10. Eisner, E. W. (2003, December). Preparing for today and tomorrow. Educational Leadership, 61(4), 6. Mumford, M. D. (1998, September). Creative thought: Structure, components, and educational implications. Roeper Review, 21(1), 14-19. Swaner, L. E. (2005). Educating for personal and social responsibility: A review of the literature. Liberal education, 91. Retrieved July 21, 2014, from Questia database. Winn, I. J. (2004, March). The high cost of uncritical teaching. Phi Delta Kappan, 85(7), 496-497.
  7. 7. The End