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Hot Topics in Research Methods: Critical Thinking

Welcome to the SAGE Research Methods Hot Topics page, tied this quarter to the theme of critical thinking. Use the links below to gain access to examples of our various content types. Past editions can be found at the Hot Topics archive page.


Tom Chatfield on Critical Thinking and Bias

Listen as British writer, broadcaster, and tech philosopher Tom Chatfield argues that in a world where human reasoning is increasingly seen as contaminated by irrational errors and prejudices, social scientists must endeavor to engage with critical thinking and acknowledge bias.

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Watch as sociologist Rebecca Plante defines critical thinking and what it means to be a critical thinker, introducing us to tools to use to achieve a broader, sharper, more precise, and ultimately more beautiful way of understanding the world around us.


Measuring Confidence and Critical Thinking in Nursing Students

Read about the experience of using research instruments to measure critical thinking. In this case study, a multi-method design involving quantitative and qualitative data is employed to measure students' critical thinking while using a human patient simulator in nursing laboratory classes.

Critical Thinking

Learn about the effectiveness of critical thinking for evaluating and contextualizing propositions in this entry written by Michael Karson and Janna Goodwin in the Encyclopedia of Research Design. Look for the seven questions asked by critical thinkers, and become aware of the obstacles that can stand in the way of critical thinking.


Analysing Video Recordings of Classroom Lessons Using the Scheme for Educational Dialogue Analysis

Use this interactive dataset to analyze the dialogue from a school classroom, in which a history teacher encourages a class to think critically about the lived experience of trench warfare. This dataset will be of particular interest to those using video or audio recordings in their research and looking for tools to analyze ‘natural’ dialogue. The dataset file is accompanied by a teaching guide and a student guide.

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