Critical Thinking

One Day • Instructor-led

Developing skills to effectively reason through problems and to present arguments in a logical, compelling way is a necessity in today’s world. This Thinking course will give participants some practical tools and hands-on experience.

Participants learn how to:

  • Define critical and non-critical thinking
  • Identify their thinking style(s), including areas of strength and improvement
  • Work through the process to build or analyze arguments
  • Improve key skills, including active listening and questioning
  • Use analytical thought systems and creative thinking techniques
  • Prepare and present powerful arguments

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Understanding Critical Thinking

  • What is Critical Thinking?
  • Characteristics of a Critical Thinker
  • Common Critical Thinking Styles
  • Making Connections

Lesson 2: Where Do Other Types of Thinking Fit In?

  • Left- and Right-Brain Thinking
  • Whole-Brain Thinking

Lesson 3: Pitfalls to Reasoned Decision Making

Lesson 4: The Critical Thinking Process

  • The Critical Thinking Model
  • The Standards of Critical Thinking
  • Identifying the Issues
  • Identifying the Arguments
  • Clarifying the Issues and Arguments
  • Establishing Context
  • Checking Credibility and Consistency
  • Evaluating Arguments

Lesson 5: A Critical Thinker’s Skill Set

  • Asking Questions
  • Probing Techniques
  • Pushing My Buttons
  • Critical Thinking Questions
  • Active Listening Skills

Lesson 6: Creating Explanations

  • Defining Explanations
  • Steps to Building an Explanation
  • Making Connections

Lesson 7: Dealing with Assumptions

Lesson 8: Common Sense

Lesson 9: Critical and Creative Thought Systems

  • Techniques for Thinking Creatively
  • Creative Thinking Exercise
  • DeBono’s Thinking Hats

Lesson 10: Putting It Into Practice

  • Presenting and Communicating Your Ideas to Others

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