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Learner Objectives and Stimulating Learning

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Using a hierarchical pattern of learner objectives, like Bloom's taxonomy, what types of activities and outcomes are likely to stimulate learners to be critical thinkers, capable of analyzing and applying principles to practice?

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Bloom's revised taxonomy and its usefulness in the nursing field.
Activities that help develop nurse's lower and higher thinking abilities/skills.
877 words; 2 references as of Nov. 22, 2012 (not APA format)

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I have pasted here a guide on how you should be able to respond to your homework. It includes an explanation of what critical thinking is and why it is important to nurses. Bloom's taxonomy are also described, as well as sample activities that develop the nursing students' critical and decision-making skills that are very essential in their practice.

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Bloom's Revised Taxonomy:

A. Lower Order Thinking
Level 1: Remembering
Level 2: Understanding
Level 3: Applying

B. Higher-Order Thinking
Level 4: Analyzing
Level 5: Evaluating
Level 6: Creating

It is very essential that nurses can think critically and decide properly as the nursing job involves the need to use the appropriate understanding and skilled judgments to deliver the most effective patient care. Critical thinking includes various perspectives which relate to skills in analyzing situations, applying standards, remembering nursing knowledge, discriminating information, logical reasoning, predicting events, transforming ideas and it can be described as a 'reflective reasonable thinking' process. Nurses need to develop the habits of being inquisitive so that they are constantly well-informed in matters that are applicable in their profession. They must be trustful of reason, honest and fair in dealing with personal biases to produce a fair-minded evaluation, flexible when the need arises, clear and knowledgeable about issues, orderly even in complex matters, and open minded to be able to willingly reconsider new things that may be relevant to ...

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