Critical Thinking

Critical ThinkingNew SmallAquire knowledge, improve theories and strengthen arguments

Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally about what to do or what to believe. It includes the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking.

Critical thinking is not a matter of accumulating information. A person with a good memory and who knows a lot of facts is not necessarily good at critical thinking.

A critical thinker is able to arrive at consequences and conclusions from what he or she knows, and knows how to make use of information to solve problems, and to seek relevant sources of information to inform himself or herself.

Critical thinking should not be confused with being argumentative or being critical of other people. Although critical thinking skills can be used in exposing fallacies and bad reasoning, critical thinking can also play an important role in cooperative reasoning and constructive tasks. We can use critical thinking to enhance work processes and improve social institutions.

Course Purpose  

This course focuses on practical application of critical thinking. Critical thinking is one of the most sought after yet elusive skills. Many employers site critical thinking as the number one desireable skill yet few can describe what it means and fewer still demonstrate it daily. As a one- or two-day course, this is a short and fun introduction to thinking a little more deeply.

Who Should Attend this Program  

Anyone who needs to critically evaluate information, both in a personal and private environment. Critical thinking is essential in the preparation for any interview or meeting as well as the evaluation of the information obtained from any such interaction.

Key Program Benefits and Points of Difference  

This program takes a practical approach to critical thinking. It contains many activities and discussions as well as rules for creating sound and valid arguments.

Learning Outcomes  
  • What is critical thinking - understanding the importance of critical thinking in our work and every day lives
  • Pitfalls to critical thinking - understanding what can go wrong and the implications or effects of poor critical thinking
  • The impact of fallacies and biases - understanding and learning to recognise common fallacies and unconscious influences we all have called biases
  • The importance of separating fact from opinion - why they should be separate and how they can be inadvertently or deliberately confused
  • The basics of a good argument - creating a valid and sound argument to influence and persuade others of our ideas
  • Hidden assumptions - why they exist and how they can help us think more deeply about an argument being presented to us
Program Delivery Options and Duration  

This training is delivered over one or two days. Two days is preferred to allow time for more activities and discussion.

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Did You Know?

Did You Know?The average ability of untrained people to distinguish between truth and lies is 54%, no better than chance! With training and practice this can improve sugnificantly. Some participants who complete our 3-day ETaC (Evaluating Truthfulness and Credibility) course are hitting performance levels of over 80% accuracy.