Project #72713 - Psychology - Discussion and Response

2 page requirement master's level psychology (capstone). First page is discussion post and second page is response to the discussion: To prepare:Review Chapter 1 of the course text, Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking, focusing specifically on the importance of asking the right questions to evaluate the credibility of resources. Consider the types of sources used in obtaining the knowledge learned in your master's specialization (Organizational Psychology). Page 1: Post an explanation of the importance of critical thinking and the implications of not questioning information, both in general and as they relate to the Capstone Project. Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Page 2: Respond to Lisa’s post in one or more of the following ways: Ask a probing question. Share an insight from having read your colleague's posting. Offer and support an opinion. Validate an idea with your own experience. Make a suggestion. Expand on your colleague's posting. Lisa Posted: The philosopher Socrates believed that questioning the world was the best form of teaching, learning, and ultimately expanding the mind.  Browne and Keeley (2013) suggest that actively questioning leads to making reasonable conclusions.  If we accept that every person thinks uniquely and therefore interprets information differently, then we will realize the importance of judging the quality of information presented prior to deciding what to believe and accept. As a scholar practitioner, it is necessary to reflect on an issue and subsequently decide a course of action.  Browne and Keeley, (2013) emphasize the need to critically evaluate the material and form personal conclusions based on those evaluations.  In the process of engaging in the capstone project, it will be necessary to build skills that will enable me to decide which opinions to accept in the literature reviews I complete and which content to incorporate as part of my writing.  Critical thinking will help with making the choice about how I react to the research material I encounter in terms of what I believe and affirm.  After all, the purpose of a capstone project is to critically analyze a problem or issue, suggest solutions, and arrive at conclusions.  All of these steps require the writer to read, listen, and think critically. It is important to think critically when evaluating information that is obtained in the various sources when completing a psychological research project.  If a reader/researcher simply absorbs and believes anything that is read and all opinions presented, then he/she is not systematically examining the information. To simply believe what is read is naïve and might perpetuate inaccurate or incomplete thoughts/data.  One needs to decipher what makes sense and distinguish between accuracy and random opinions when completing literature reviews or just gaining general knowledge or facts.  This is done by actively reading from multiple sources and authors of different perspectives.  As well, questioning those opinions and arguments helps in “panning for the gold nuggets” (Browne & Keeley, 2013) and uncovering the best available beliefs to create valid conclusions based on sound evaluation.  It is critical to distinguish fact from fiction because subsequent use and citation of published articles by other researchers and authors will occur.  If content is merely accepted and not evaluated then lower quality and perhaps incorrect conclusions will endure if released and continued.  Scholarly articles have the highest level of credibility because they have been rigorously reviewed for accuracy by known experts in the author's field of research.  Whether a blind review or editorial process is used, peer-reviewed articles have a reputation for high caliber results.  This advances knowledge that is useful and reliable.   It also leads to justifiable argumentation and ideas that are substantiated.  The journal in which a study is published may be as important as the investigative measures used in ensuring dissemination and future reference (Callaham,Wears,  & Weber, 2002).  Knowledge is fluid, dynamic, and incrementally built as acquired.  Therefore, having the ability to think critically and actively interact with the knowledge acquired is essential for effective communication, sound decision making, and problem solving.  Scholar-practitioners who proceed with their studies based on critical thinking eventually increase their intellectual independence (Browne & Keeley, 2013).  References: Browne, M. N., & Keeley, S. M. (2013). Asking the right questions: A guide to critical thinking 9/e (Custom Edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. Callaham, M., Wears, R. L., & Weber, E. (2002). Journal prestige, publication bias, and other characteristics associated with citation of published studies in peer-reviewed journals. Jama, 287(21), 2847-2850.

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