Critical Thinking Training

The Critical Thinking course, with a seat time of three hours, teaches fundamental skills for effectively making decisions, problem-solving, and accessing creative solutions. The strategic approach that is critical thinking unlocks opportunities for personal and professional growth while encouraging a path of lifelong learning.

Course Topics:

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Critical Thinking Foundations

Given a challenge, students will be able to reach a strategic and logical resolution through the critical thinking process. Specifically, the student should be able to:
  • • Define critical thinking and its significance in personal development and in growing your career.
  • • Recognize the skills that intersect with critical thinking skills.
  • • Explain the critical thinking process.
  • • Select a resolution in a given situation by utilizing the critical thinking process.
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Reasoning and Strategic Thinking

Given a claim, the student will be able to apply reasoning and devise a strategic approach for reaching a conclusion. Specifically, the student should be able to:
  • • Define and compare the three types of reasoning.
  • • Recognize how reasoning supports critical thinking and the critical thinking process.
  • • Evaluate sources using methods of reasoning.
  • • Describe how the process of strategic thinking complements the process for critical thinking.
  • • List tools and strategies for strategic thinking.
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3

Organizing and Planning

Given a complicated task, the student will be able to use critical thinking skills to organize steps into an effective action plan. Specifically, the student should be able to:
  • • Recognize the importance of effective organizing and planning when using the critical thinking process.
  • • Describe how metacognition, cognitive flexibility, and reasoning skills contribute to critical thinking skills.
  • • List tools for organizing thoughts, information, or tasks.
  • • Explain strategies for prioritizing.
  • • Outline a process for planning steps or procedures.
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Critical Thinking Process for Creativity

Given a concept, the student will be able to utilize the critical thinking process to create novel ideas. Specifically, the student should be able to:
  • • Recognize the relationship between thinking critically and thinking creatively.
  • • Define creativity and how it benefits personal and professional growth.
  • • Describe how the critical thinking process leads to innovative and novel ideas/solutions.
  • • Describe how cognitive flexibility, curiosity, and objectivity support creative thinking.
  • • List strategies to improve creative thinking skills.
  • • Model using the critical thinking process for creative thinking.
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Critical Thinking for Decision-Making

Given options, the student will be able to apply the critical thinking process to make informed decisions. Specifically, the student should be able to:
  • • Describe the benefits of developing their decision-making skills.
  • • Apply the critical thinking process to making decisions.
  • • Recognize the importance of challenging assumptions or bias to making decisions.
  • • Explain how our biases can influence the lens through which we interpret information.
  • • Describe how to identify unreliable content sources.
  • • Describe strategies for considering options and outcomes of decisions.
  • • Communicate the reasoning behind decisions.
  • • Translate decisions into action plans.
  • • Model using the critical thinking process for decision-making.
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Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Given a problem, the student will be able to utilize the steps of the critical thinking process to reach an informed solution that aligns with established goals. Specifically, the student should be able to:
  • • Describe the benefits of developing problem-solving skills.
  • • Explain the importance of approaching problem-solving in a procedural way.
  • • Describe how the critical thinking process can be applied to problem-solving.
  • • List strategies to improve problem-solving skills.
  • • Re-state how to break down complicated issues into smaller pieces.
  • • Recognize the importance of challenging assumptions or bias when solving problems.
  • • Describe the role of emotional intelligence, cognitive flexibility, and objectivity in supporting problem-solving.
  • • Recognize types of solutions when problem-solving.
  • • Model using the critical thinking process for problem-solving.
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