The critical thinking map tool was developed from a basic concept map skeleton by St. Paul School of Nursing faculty in collaboration with Dr. Tim Bristol. It can be used to teach conceptually in both the didactic and clinical setting. It is also useful in bringing clinical to the classroom and helping the learner take class to clinical. This tool can serve to guide class time when faculty want to help students learn conceptually.
Because this tool helps students look at client needs more holistically, they are more likely to learn the content in such a way that they will remember key concepts in the clinical environment. Because the tool is used in multiple environments, the students are also more likely to see relevance of classroom learning in other parts of curriculum. Content overload makes conceptual learning essential to students in every program. This critical thinking map will help faculty attain this goal with their students.