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Assignment 4
Please use the grading rubric to create an outline of your assignment. Each section of the rubric should be a section of your final paper and could become the headings. Your assignment will be graded based on each element of the rubric. Compare each section of your paper with the rubric to ensure all elements are covered. Then, include an introduction and conclusion to tie the paper together. If you have any questions regarding the assignment please contact your instructor using the Course Help forum.
Choose a population that you believe should use critical thinking.
Develop a tool, for this specific population, that you can use to assess or measure the cognitive habits or behaviors that are part of the critical thinking process that this population uses.
For example – a novice nurse entering the nursing profession, an experienced nurse working on a new unit, parents of a child with a chronic illness, a patient who has a new diagnosis of diabete or heart disease and must learn to self-manage the disease.
Use Box 2-5 and appendix A to choose which cognitive habits and behaviors you decide to measure.
The tool should include:
A total of eight questions, each addressing a specific cognitive habit or behavior.
A rationale for each question – why that question can measure that specific cognitive habit or behavior.
Introduce your tool with a discussion of the importance of cognitive habits or behaviors that encourage critical thinking. Provide a conclusion to pull the entire assignment together.
Here is an examples of one question you can ask when assessing the critical thinking skills of minority parents of overweight children.
Question: How do you feel about your child’s overall health? Your family’s health?
Rationale: This question is assessing the critical thinking skill or habit of the mind: contextual perspective. Assessing how the parents feel about their family’s overall health would give the nurse a view of their contextual perspective. Parents who are cognizant of their children’s or overall family’s weight issues, poor eating habits, or lack of exercise can result in the potential consequences of childhood obesity such as hypertension, asthma, and diabetes. (Rubenfeld & Scheffer, 2015).
You can also format the tool as a table after you introduce your paper with an introduction and then finish with a conclusion:
Question
Rationale
How do you feel about your child’s overall health? Your family’s health?
This question is assessing the critical thinking skill or habit of the mind: contextual perspective. Assessing how the parents feel about their family’s overall health would give the nurse a view of their contextual perspective. Parents who are cognizant of their children’s or overall family’s weight issues, poor eating habits, or lack of exercise can result in the potential consequences of childhood obesity such as hypertension, asthma, and diabetes. (Rubenfeld & Scheffer, 2015).

Follow APA 6th edition formatting for the title page, body of the paper, and reference page. You must use a minimum of two scholarly references to support your assignment.
Assignment 4 Rubric
Competency
20 points
15 points
5 points
0 points
Points Earned
Identify a specific population that should use critical thinking.
Fully details the population and why this specific population should use critical thinking.
Describes the population and why this specific population should use critical thinking.
Superficially describes the population and why this specific population should use critical thinking.
No paper submitted and/or content missing
/20
The importance of cognitive habits or behaviors that encourage critical thinking.
Fully details how cognitive habits or behaviors encourage critical thinking.
Describes how cognitive habits or behaviors encourage critical thinking.
Superficially describes cognitive habits or behaviors encourage critical thinking.
No paper submitted and/or content missing
/20
Questions that address specific cognitive habits or behaviors.
Includes eight questions in the tool.
Includes four to seven questions.
Includes less than four questions.
No paper submitted and/or content missing
/20
Rationales for the questions.
Fully details each rationale and why that question can measure that specific cognitive habit or behavior.
Describes each rationale and why that question can measure that specific cognitive habit or behavior.
Superficially describes the rationale and why that question can measure that specific cognitive habit or behavior.
No paper submitted and/or content missing
/20
Competency

4 points
2 points
1 point
0 point
Points Earned
Organization
Organization excellent, ideas clear and arranged logically, transitions smooth, no flaws in logic.
Organization good; ideas usually clear and arranged in acceptable sequence; transitions usually smooth, good support.
Organization minimally effective; problems in approach, sequence, support and transitions.
Organization does not meet requirements.
/4
Grammar
Grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and usage correct and idiomatic, consistent with Standard American English

Grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and usage good mostly consistent with Standard American English; errors do not interfere with meaning or understanding
Grammar, punctuation, mechanics and usage distracting and often interfere with meaning or understanding
Grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and usage interfere with understanding
/4
Competency
5 points
3 points
1 point
0 point
Points Earned
References
References are relevant, authoritative and contemporary.
Adequate references.
Minimal use of appropriate references.
Poor use and/or selection of references not relevant.
/5
Competency
7 points
5 points
2 points
0 point
Points Earned
APA Format
Demonstrates competent use of mechanics and APA.
Minimal APA errors.
Many APA errors.
Complete lack of understanding

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