- Critical Thinking
- Critical Thinking 101 - Introduction to Critical, Creative and Analytical Thinking
his course is designed for people who want to improve their intellectual abilities, and so improve their decision-making skills
- Course Outline
-A focus on Critical thinking skills which are higher-order cognitive operations. These cognitive operations are those involved in processing information, dealing with new information, and making reasonable decisions.
-The processing of information is more than the simple absorption of information and involves analyzing, synthesizing, interpreting, explaining, evaluating, generalizing, abstracting. illustrating, applying, comparing, and recognizing and avoiding logical fallacies.
-Also, it is to be noted that proficiency in critical thinking skills is necessary but not sufficient to become a critical thinker. What is also needed is a coherent worldview and a robust values dimension.
-A Coherent Worldview has to deal with the fact that we are often unaware of the constraints imposed on our thinking by both the cognitive biases and heuristics as well as the social forces surrounding us in our culture.
-We are often ignorant of our ignorance. Many people who are truly incompetent are more likely to overestimate their competence.
-We typically mistake pieces of the truth for the whole truth, and partial truths can be just as misleading as outright lies.
-To be critical is to realize that we are more likely to be misled by people who sincerely believe what they are saying than by liars.
-At core of critical thinking is the realization that self-deception can be an even bigger problem than deception by others.
-Critical thinkers are necessarily sceptics and are disinclined to take things at face value, are suspicious of certainties, are not easily swayed, and are distrustful of the facades and ideologies current in contemporary thought.
-The Values Dimension means that the critical thinker is ethically committed to the concept of intellectual due process as the best way of finding the truth.
-The critical thinker is capable of saying “I don’t know”, is willing to change one’s mind, is open to the arguments of adversaries, and is aware of the limits and fallibility of one’s knowledge.
Course Specifications: A manual will be provided along with a bibliography. There will be a quiz for participants to assess their critical thinking and their biases.
Participants will also receive copies of “The Thinker’s Guide to Analytical Thinking” by Dr. Richard Paul and Dr. Linda Elder, published by the Foundation of Critical Thinking, in either official language.
Target Student: This course is designed for people who want to improve their intellectual abilities, and so improve their decision-making skills. After such a course people should be able to make much higher quality decisions in their work life, their home life, and in how to attain their life goals.
What you will learn:
This course will allow you to understand the elements of both your own way of thinking, and how others think.
You will learn how to identify the following:
- Point of view, purpose or goals of thinking.
- The question at issue.
- Determine what information is required and how to find it.
- How to develop your inferential thinking using inductive logic
- Understand the conceptual bases of critical thinking.
- Learn to identify assumptions and logical fallacies and cognitive biases, and how to compensate for them.
You will learn how to examine your current thinking and learn to identify where you are biased in your thinking, what distortions you make, how you can upgrade your thinking to avoid prejudice and shoddy thinking. You will use creativity to improve the quality of your thinking. You will learn that critical thinking is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-correcting.
You will learn that Critical Thinking requires rigorous standards of intellectual excellence and mindful command of their use. It also involves effective communication skills and problem-solving abilities, and a commitment to overcoming our native and naïve ego-centrism and socio-centriams. Students will master the 16 Techniques of Critical Thinking: (four per lesson)
Content: Lesson 1:
Clarity, Accuracy, Precision in your thinking, Relevance.
Know your purpose, Identify and correction assumptions, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy.
Recognize your own ignorance, Be independent, Think through the implications, Know and recognize your own biases.
Suspend judgment, Consider your opposition, Recognize cultural Assumptions, Be fair not selfish.
An overview of the Biases and Heuristics Research Program, based on the work of A. Tversky and D. Kahneman will be provided, with an explanation on how it relates to Critical Thinking
Next Steps: Critical Thinking 201 – Apply Critical, Creative and Analytical Thinking
- Prerequisites & Certificates
To be successful in this course, you should be familiar with the fundamental concepts of Critical Thinking. Upon registration you will receive a copy of "The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking" by Dr. Richard Paul and Dr. Linda Elder, which you should read before the course begins. It is small booklet of about 20 pages....
Certificate of Completion
- Cancellation Policy
Cancellations less than 2 business weeks before the expected delivery date are eligible for a 50% refund, or a credit voucher will be provided for regularly scheduled courses (choice being that of the registrant). Credit Vouchers are transferable within the same company. Please send your cancellation notice to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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