The "Think Aloud" seminar for teaching clinical reasoning: a case study of a child with pharyngitis

J Pediatr Health Care. 1997 May-Jun;11(3):101-10. doi: 10.1016/s0891-5245(97)90061-4.


The "Think Aloud" seminar is a group teaching method to assist pediatric nurse practitioner students to develop critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills. Seminar proceedings simulate the iterative clinical reasoning process that occurs in an actual clinic or office visit. Students' requests for subjective and objective data must be followed by the rationale as to why the information was requested. This method is effective for teaching and evaluating students' skills in differential diagnosis and management of common illness in children. The process will be demonstrated with the presenting symptom of a sore throat followed by a description of the procedures that are used. J Pediatr Health Care.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Clinical Competence
  • Decision Making*
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing / methods*
  • Group Processes
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nurse Practitioners / education*
  • Nursing Assessment*
  • Pediatric Nursing / education*
  • Pharyngitis / nursing*
  • Thinking