Critical Thinking Fundamentals

SKU 1020E1FG
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Most people would agree that critical thinking is vital in the workplace and it enables employees to effectively solve problems and make decisions. This thereby offers more valuable contributions to your organization. However, the act of critical thinking requires a strong sense of self-awareness and a keen understanding of how to systematically approach situations.

Critical Thinking Fundamentals was designed to help participants arrive at more stable, effective solutions and decisions, by learning how to build the skills that are the foundation of the critical thinking process. This includes the ability to reason, to predict consequences, and to evaluate the merit of potential conclusions. They will also learn how to apply a consistent thought process to any situation that requires a resolution or action.

How It Works

Critical Thinking Fundamentals was designed to help participants make better decisions by learning how to build the skills that are the foundation of the critical thinking process. This program introduces a unique, four-step model to critical thinking built on the premise that effective critical thinking requires the ability to look at a situation from a broad to narrow perspective. Participants are given the opportunity to apply the concept behind this process in a case study.

Uses and Applications

Critical Thinking Fundamentals allows participants to learn and apply higher-level problem-solving skills in a low-risk environment. They learn three foundational skills through a four-step process to critical thinking. Those foundational skills include the ability to:
  • Reason and rationalize
  • Predict consequences
  • Evaluate the merit of potential conclusions

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this learning experience, participants will be able to:
  • Establish a common understanding of what critical thinking is
  • Identify the foundational attitudes and skills of critical thinking
  • Provide a four-step process for using critical thinking on the job
  • Recognize and avoid common critical thinking mistakes
  • Practice new skills in a low-risk environment

Product Details

Product Type: Assessment and workshop

Target Audience: Individuals at any organizational level who want to discover more about themselves and their critical thinking preferences

Measures: How individuals modify or enhance the current performance management process at their organization

Dimensions: Critical thinking, thinking under pressure, communication, and decision-making

Time Required: Workshop: 7 hours

What to Order

Facilitator Guide: Order One Guide Per Trainer. 

The Facilitator Guide includes everything you need to lead a successful workshop in a convenient 3-ring binder format. Digital facilitator support materials include a PowerPoint Presentation, learning overview, theory background, FAQs, and a handout.

Workbook 5-Pack: Order One Pack for Up to Five Participants.

The workbook deepens participants’ understanding of the concepts and ideas in the workshop and allows each participant to practice the skills being learned.

About the Author

Kate Ward graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Michigan State University. She has more than 20 years of experience in training development. She worked as manager of curriculum development at CareerTrack, where she authored programs, supervised a team of instructional designers, and facilitated training. She also served as the senior instructional designer at TreeLine Training and was responsible for leading the development of the core skills curriculum library. Kate is the author of the highly acclaimed Personality Style at Work, as well as the Skills Development for Today's Professionals e-book series.