As you should have noted throughout your master’s program, psychological knowledge stems mainly from research. Knowledge of the world, however, in addition to coming from direct experience and observation, comes from many sources including journals, textbooks, experts, and various media resources (television, newspapers, and the Internet). An important question regarding these resources is, “Are they all credible?” How do you distinguish fact from fiction in evaluating research information, regardless of its source? This Discussion addresses the importance of critical thinking in evaluating information obtained through various sources including psychological research. Critical thinking is an invaluable skill in life as well as for completing your Capstone Project.
- 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.
With these thoughts in mind: