Critical Thinking

We live in a knowledge based society, and the more critical you think the better your knowledge will be.

Critical Thinking provides you with the skills to analyze and evaluate information so that you are able to obtain the greatest amount of knowledge from it. It provides the best chance of making the correct decision, and minimizes damages if a mistake does occur.

Critical Thinking will lead to being a more rational and disciplined thinker. It will reduce your prejudice and bias which will provide you a better understanding of your environment. This workshop will provide you the skills to evaluate, identify, and distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information. It will lead you to be more productive in your career, and provide a great skill in your everyday life.

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the components of critical thinking
  • Utilize non-linear thinking
  • Use logical thinking
  • Recognize what it means to be a critical thinker
  • Evaluate information using critical thinking skills
  • Identify the benefits of critical thinking
  • Revise perspective, when necessary
  • Comprehend problem solving abilities

Course Outline:

Module One: Getting Started

Icebreaker

Housekeeping Items

The Parking Lot

Workshop Objectives

Module Two: Components of Critical Thinking 

Applying Reason

Open Mindedness

Analysis

Logic

Case Study

Module Two: Review Questions

Module Three: Non-Linear Thinking 

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Don’t Jump to Conclusions

Expect and Initiate Change

Being Ready to Adapt

Case Study

Module Three: Review Questions

Module Four: Logical Thinking 

Ask the Right Questions

Organize the Data

Evaluate the Information

Draw Conclusions

Case Study

Module Four: Review Questions

Module Five: Critical Thinkers (I)

Active Listening

Be Curious

Be Disciplined

Be Humble

Case Study

Module Five: Review Questions

Module Six: Critical Thinkers (II) 

Seeing the Big Picture

Objectivity

Using Your Emotions

Being Self-Aware

Case Study

Module Six: Review Questions

Module Seven: Evaluate Information 

Making Assumptions

Watch out for Bias

Ask Clarifying Questions

SWOT Analysis

Case Study

Module Eight: Benefits of Critical thinking 

Being More Persuasive

Better Communication

Better Problem Solving

Increased Emotional Intelligence

Case Study

Module Eight: Review Questions

Module Nine: Changing Your Perspective 

Limitations of Your Point of View

Considering Others Viewpoint

Influences on Bias

When New Information Arrives

Case Study

Module Nine: Review Questions

Module Ten: Problem Solving

Identify Inconsistencies

Trust Your Instincts

Asking Why?

Evaluate the Solution(s)

Case Study

Module Ten: Review Questions

Module Eleven: Putting It All Together 

Retaining Your New Skills

Reflect and Learn From Mistakes

Always Ask Questions

Practicing Critical Thinking

Case Study

Module Eleven: Review Questions

Module Twelve: Wrapping Up 

Words from the Wise

Review of Parking Lot

Lessons Learned

Completion of Action Plans and Evaluations

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