Course Highlights

This critical thinking skills course will:

  • Offer two methodologies for better critical thinking.
  • Provide common frameworks for outlining an argument.
  • Suggest several methodologies for spotting fallacies and finding errors in logic.
  • Propose a process for making sound decisions.

Course Overview

Strong critical thinking skills enable people to analyze and evaluate information, arguments, and evidence so they can form sound judgments and make decisions. The process involves questioning assumptions, analyzing evidence, and considering multiple perspectives to reach a well-informed and well-reasoned conclusion.

This two-part course introduces the fundamental principles of critical thinking. Through a series of interactive exercises and discussions, participants will learn how to identify and evaluate arguments, assess the credibility of sources, and construct logical and well-supported conclusions.

Segment One Objectives

At this segment’s conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate critical and creative thinking.
  • Explain the components of the critical thinking process.
  • Discuss methodologies for identifying issues, problems, and decisions that should be made.
  • Use Socratic questioning.
  • Follow the DOUBT method for exploring and refining an argument.
  • Explain the value of the teacher method and when it’s appropriate to use.
  • Describe how to use a fishbone diagram, SWOT analysis, fault tree analysis, and value stream mapping.

Segment One Modules

  • Hey 19: Flipping the Switch
  • Method not Madness: Defining Critical Thinking
  • Step by Step: Follow the Process
  • We’ve Got a Problem: Finding Issues
  • A Better Understanding: Forming a Picture
  • One Bite at a Time: Eating Elephants

Segment Two Objectives

At this segment’s conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Explain methods for evaluating the credibility and relevance of information.
  • Recognize common logic fallacies.
  • Follow a five-step decision-making process.
  • Describe Toulmin’s Model of Argument, Aristotle’s Rhetorical Triangle, Rogerian Argument, and Monroe’s Motivated Sequence for presenting information.
  • Review the Paul-Elder Framework and the Fisher and Scriven’s Framework.

Segment Two Modules

  • Credentials Please: Assessing Credibility
  • Before Your Conclude: Recognizing Logic Fallacies and Other Traps
  • Decision Decisions: Making Choices
  • Pitch Perfect: Presenting the Argument
  • Map to a Model: Following a Framework

By the end of this program, learners should have a foundational knowledge of the critical thinking process and several tools they can use to think critically at work and at home.