Before utilising a statistic, quotation or piece of research to reinforce their argument in an assignment or discussion, students should check the source carefully to ensure that it was produced by a reliable source.
That source needs to be based on solid evidence and should not suffer from research bias.
In this week’s blog we discuss what critical thinking is, how it applies to the workplace and how to develop this crucial skill.
Critical thinking is not just being critical in the typical, negative sense of the word; there are many definitions but according to Beyer (1995), critical thinking means ‘making clear, reasoned judgments’.
Then lead them to decide which character they each choose to play.
They'll each have opposite points of view in this conflict.Peers can be a good source of information and, when working collaboratively, students can develop problem-solving techniques.Role playing is a method students can use to exercise critical thinking.Getting students to think critically involves helping them set goals.It can be helpful to divide the process into three parts: planning a task, executing and monitoring the task, and doing a post-task evaluation and reflection.In years past, education was focused on rote learning and the ability to retain and repeat information.Problem-solving was confined to mathematics, and experimentation happened in the science lab.This skill is essential for students working on assignments and performing research.It’s also an invaluable skill in many workplace scenarios.For example, a manager could use their critical thinking skills to evaluate sales and financial data, or to review a project proposal.By remaining detached from sudden fluctuations in data and emotional sales pitches, employees with critical thinking skills are able to see the bigger picture and avoid making hasty (and costly! Employees with critical thinking skills can also use these to improve their company through market research and by recognising opportunities.