14. October 2019 - 9:00
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Critical Thinking Training Course | PD Training | Monday, 14. October 2019

Critical thinking involves a number of processes including identifying and evaluating specific situations, being aware of any contributing circumstances and the potential results of your actions or plans. To think critically, it is important to evaluate various perspectives (yours and others) to identify the resources available to you and evaluate the short and long-term effects of taking a particular action.
The PD Training Critical Thinking Training Course provides training in identifying support structures, perspectives and arguments and how to critically evaluate the advantages and the disadvantages of a proposed plan or an action, so that the right decisions can be made the first time. Learn the difference between left brain and right brain thinking, removing the emotions from decision making, evaluating both sides of an argument and critical questioning skills.
This powerful professional development training course is delivered throughout Australia, including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Parramatta
Learning Outcomes
After completing this course participants will be able to:

Explore real-world examples of why critical thinking is so important in business
Learn to use critical thinking skills when making business decisions
Choose the right techniques to recognise assumptions and draw conclusions
Translate an abstract idea into something tangible
Minimise the impact of job pressures on your thinking processes
React with curiosity instead of emotion
Get a roadmap for developing your critical thinking skills

Course Outline



Critical Thinking Training Course - Lesson 1 Course Overview 

Introduction


Critical Thinking Training Course - Lesson 2 Understanding Critical Thinking 

What is Critical Thinking?
Characteristics of a Critical Thinker
Common Critical Thinking Styles
Small Group Work
Developing Your Critical Thinking Skills




Critical Thinking Training Course - Lesson 3 Where Do Other Types of Thinking Fit In? 

Left and Right Brain Thinking
Whole-Brain Thinking


Critical Thinking Training Course - Lesson 4 Pitfalls to Reasoned Decision Making 

Getting Over the Barriers
Debrief
Morning Wrap-Up
Energiser: Puzzle Paradise




Critical Thinking Training Course - Lesson 5 The Critical Thinking Process 

Critical Thinking Model
The Standards of Critical Thinking
Identifying the Issues
Identifying the Arguments
Clarifying the Issues and Arguments
Establishing Context
Checking Credibility and Consistency
Evaluating Arguments
Case Study


Critical Thinking Training Course - Lesson 6 A Critical Thinker's Skill Set 

Asking Questions
Probing
Pushing My Buttons
Critical Thinking Questions
Active Listening Skills




Critical Thinking Training Course - Lesson 7 Creating Explanations 

Defining Explanations
Steps to Building an Explanation
Small Group Work


Critical Thinking Training Course - Lesson 8 Dealing with Assumptions 

Understanding assumptions
When are assumptions useful
Critically evaluate assumptions




Critical Thinking Training Course - Lesson 9 Common Sense 

Reflecting on common sense
Is it 'common'?


Critical Thinking Training Course - Lesson 10 Critical and Creative Thought Systems 

Tips for Thinking Creatively
Creative Thinking Exercise
De Bono's Thinking Hats




Critical Thinking Training Course - Lesson 11 Putting It into Practice 

Presenting and Communicating Your Ideas to Others
Pre-Assignment Preparation
Presentations