1. Ensuring the quality of research output

1.1. Critical thinking

Critical thinking is a key cognitive ability for researchers across all disciplines. It has been defined as 'meta-cognition'  or 'thinking about thinking',  as it is not simply a logical process: it also involves a great deal of reflection and awareness of all the factors that can influence our thinking. 

This presentation briefly shows how critical thinking can be applied in historical studies; however, a similar approach can be adopted to understand and interpret social behaviour in all its complexity.

Find out more about critical thinking in the additional readings at the end of this book.

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