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Nurs Forum. 1997 Oct-Dec;32(4):12-24.

Use of writing portfolios for interdisciplinary assessment of critical thinking outcomes of nursing students.

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College of Nursing and Health Science, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA.


This article discusses an interdisciplinary research project in which faculty from nursing and english collaborated in the assessment of students' critical thinking skills as reflected in writing portfolios. Faculty reviewed students' writing portfolios and then corresponded on email from two different universities about evidence of critical thinking in the portfolios. Findings suggest that writing portfolios can provide important evidence of critical thinking outcomes. To do this, however, faculty need to design writing assignments to foster critical thinking skills, helping students to think not only about learning to write, but also about using writing to learn.

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