August 09, 2012

Final Entry on Developing Your Critical Thinking at Masters Level

Original Action Points

  1. To increase the amount of material I read whilst balancing my time using the filtering techniques described.
  2. To not take data for granted as fact and try to critically engage with it, always asking why?
  3. To remember that there is always more than one side to any argument and this continuum is important to understand and can be applied to strengthen the position of my own arguments in work and life.

Having completed all the remaining written assignments for my other modules I can now focus my attentions on my dissertation. In doing so, the amount of material I read has increased and I always try to follow up articles cited within the articles I read, as long as I can add them to my reference list, highlighting the extended reading. Alongside this I continue to critically engage the points raised in the literature I read and believe I have addressed these initial action points well.

I have still yet to reach the chapter in my dissertation where I can go into greater detail about the different sides of the cost-benefit analysis which have to be considered when pursuing vaccine candidates however, I remain mindful of this action point and try to add such thoughts where appropriate, for example when considering the science behind the success of new vaccine design rationales.

Overall, this workshop was particularly interesting and engaging and I believe I have addressed all of my initial action points, or at least remained mindful of them and will continue to apply them as I finish writing my dissertation.

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  1. Austin Griffiths

    Hi Gwyn
    I have enjoyed reading your blogs. You have clearly demonstrated that you have embraced a critical approach that you are applying to your studies. You last sentence is particularly apt: we cannot always apply critical thinking – but being “mindful” is what gives us that critical approach. I will let Celine Moore know that you have finished the blogs.


    12 Aug 2012, 12:20

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