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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.

  • Course Objectives:
    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.

    Lesson 2:
    Know your purpose, Identify and correction assumptions, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy.

    Lesson 3:
    Recognize your own ignorance, Be independent, Think through the implications, Know and recognize your own biases.

    Lesson 4:
    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....

    Certificates offered

    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 info@itplanit.com.
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    This course was very, very interesting due to the instructor. He was simple, gave good examples and made a few jokes. Also, being only 5 participants was a bonus for us as we were able to share our experiences in a timely manner.
    Reviewed by 2016
    I think there is too much material to cover in one session. It's a lot of information to absorb all at once.
    Reviewed by 2013
    The only thing I would add...if you know you don't have many participants, hands on practice would be great. I would like to have had more time applying what i learned in a diagram. Once I got back to my office...i didn't know how to move a shape and associated text together. I also would like to know where I can see all the shapes offered by visio instead of searching for the shape and not knowing what to call it?
    Reviewed by 2013
    The instructor was excellent. I was pleasantly surprised by how interesting she made a potentially dry subject appear. Non-stop, great snacks provided all day from ham/egg bagels for breakfast, muffins, Valentines chocolate, chips, popcorn, gumball machine, coffee, juices etc etc. Perfect location for me as it was 2 blocks from my office.
    Reviewed by 2013
    I had no problem with the instructor's technigues, methods or delivery of the course material. He made what was otherwise fairly dry material as interesting as he possible and augmented it with practical examples that the class could relate to. The training facility and staff were also comendable, however what can't be overlooked is the IT infrastructure. During the exam the problems with latency were so bad that it affected my ability to concentrate on the material. Prior to the exam I completed 2 practice exams on paper in 35 & 37 minutes respectively. Doing the exam online it took over 1.5 hrs because it would take between 30 & 60 sec to refresh the page and show the next question. At times when I attempted to go back and review quesgtions I had marked I found my original answer wasn't recorded & I'd have to answer the question a second time. By the end of 70 min I was so digruntled I couldn't wait to finish regardless of the end result. It may not seem fair to evaluate the favility in this manner, but as a student the outcome is the ultimate measurement of a training favility.
    Reviewed by 2013
    A very interesting course. Claude Gerin, our instructor, was excellent in making this a very interesting and learning experience. THANKS!
    Reviewed by 2012

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