Your Trainee’s Path to Critical Thinking

by | April 10, 2021 | Articles 2021, Infographic | 0 comments

What is critical thinking, and why is it important?

Critical thinking is the ability to organize information logically to make a reasoned judgment. It involves the evaluation of data sources, facts, and other research to make a reasonable conclusion by “connecting the dots.”

Critical thinking helps trainees better understand themselves, their motivations, and their goals. When trainees can deduce information to find the most important parts and apply those to their workplace, they can change their situation and ultimately achieve their organizations’ goals.

Critical thinking in the workplace means sorting among useful and arbitrary details to come up with a big-picture perspective that leads to an impactful decision or solution to a problem.

If you find yourself stuck in your career path, many times, it’s due to a lack of critical thinking.

Critical thinking skills are immensely valuable to trainees.

How do you assess a trainees’ ability to think critically?

To assess those trainees who can develop critical thinking skills, start by looking for the desirable traits critical thinkers possess:

  • Curious and interested in learning more
  • Sees connections between two different pieces of information that point to a trend or observation
  • Open-minded listener eager to hear different perspectives
  • Self-reflective in examining their own biases or prejudices
  • Naturally creative in crafting solutions
  • Self-confident, as confidence is essential in thinking independently, presenting conclusions, and making decisions

Competencies & conditions to develop trainees critical thinking

  • Integrate: Integrate critical thinking skills within and across all content areas.
  • Safe Environment: Establish safe, intellectually risk-free learning environments.
  • Consistently Cultivate: Consistently cultivate high-order thinking skills.
  • Time: Allow time to develop critical thinking skills.
  • Opportunities: Provide trainees with repeated opportunities to practice high-order thinking.
  • Promote: Promote academic conversations or dialogue that foster critical thinking.

25 pathways to critical thinking

  1. Think deeply to make relevant connections
  2. Ask quality and clarification questions
  3. Use evidence and reasoning to support thinking
  4. Analyze, reason, and evaluate
  5. Interpret information beyond surface learning
  6. Synthesize diverse ideas
  7. Solve relevant and complex problems
  8. Make reasoned decisions
  9. Generate and evaluate options prior to making decisions
  10. Focus on details to derive meaning
  11. Apply higher levels of thought to real-world situations
  12. Think critically on a daily basis
  13. Use criteria to judge the value of ideas and solutions
  14. Engage in reflective thinking
  15. Follow problems solving steps
  16. Question the credibility, accuracy, and relevance of information and sources
  17. Well informed
  18. Willing to consider multiple perspectives
  19. Seek new and better solutions
  20. Explore alternatives
  21. Examine diverse points of view
  22. Value and respect ideas from others
  23. Assess consequences of actions or ideas
  24. Questions what is read, heard, or seen
  25. Think independently and in concert with others

 

Check this infographic for a quick recap

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