Critical Thinking Skills Course in Singapore
Critical Thinking Skills Course in Singapore
Critical thinking is a skill most sought-after in an employee. It is more than just being able to think rationally and logically, it also means being able to analyze facts and data to reach a reasonable judgment or opinion. By mastering this skill, employees can make sound decisions and act quickly in problem-solving situations.
This critical thinking skills workshop is ideal for anyone who would like to gain a strong grasp and improve their critical thinking.
All Staff Within An Organisation
The ideal group size for this critical thinking skills course is:
Minimum: 5 Participants
Maximum: 15 Participants
The duration of this critical thinking skills workshop is 2 full days. Knowles Training Institute will also be able to contextualised this workshop according to different durations; 3 full days, 1 day, half day, 90 minutes and 60 minutes.
2 Full Days
9 a.m to 5 p.m
Below is the list of course benefits of our critical thinking skills course
- Learners develop different approaches to a problem and critical assessment of alternative solutions.
- Develop a wide view of culture and appreciate differences in opinions.
- Critical thinking skills course fosters a creative solution to a problem.
- Development of decision-making skills and rational conclusions.
- Increase efficiency and productivity.
- Promote professionalism and fair judgement.
- Develop systematic thinking.
- Minimize making wrong conclusions.
- Boost self-awareness.
- Improve teamwork and perception of different points of view.
- Decrease squabbles over trivial issues.
- Enhance comprehension and learning.
- Improvement of interpersonal relationship.
- Encourage autonomy and self-directed behaviour.
- Promote teamwork and cause positive impacts on a culturally diverse environment.
- Enhancement of presentation and communication skills.
Below is the list of course objectives of our critical thinking skills course
- Develop an understanding of critical thinking in decision-making processes.
- Determine the best practices in arriving at a conclusion and resolving disputes that may arise from differing opinions.
- Development of other skills such as interpersonal and communication skills.
- Help determine and differentiate inductive and deductive reasoning.
- Development of creative and independent thinking.
- Use appropriate tools and techniques to investigate the problem.
- Break down problems to smaller manageable matters.
- Recognize the main issues that need thorough investigation.
- Clarify outstanding trivial issues with colleagues.
- Provide relevant evidence and facts for reference.
- Distinguish links among facts and issues.
- Organize findings systematically.
- Analyze findings before jumping to quick inappropriate conclusions.
- Develop solutions to address the issues recognized.
- Justify decisions made to address the issues.
- Explain the resulting resolutions from the investigation.
- Encouraging a well-reasoned and sound argument.
- Understanding the fallacies caused by misuse of logic.
- Establishment of a working environment that uses non-linear thinking.
- Identifying gaps during problem-solving and decision-making procedures.
- Establishing business strategies that avoid assumptions and expand perceptions about situations.
- Integration of logic into decision-making procedures.
- Building a reputation for creativity and novelty in the business
Below is the list of course content of our Critical Thinking Skills training course
- Applying Reason
- The ability to reason is often regarded as one of the characteristic marks of being human. An individual’s ability to reason well is a critical thinking skill. Numerous definitions of critical thinking tend to focus on the ability to reason.
- Open Mindedness
- Open-mindedness is the virtue by which we study — in particular, staying open-minded means taking into account relevant data or arguments to revise a comprehensive understanding. It means being critically open to options, willing to consider other possibilities even after having reached an opinion, and not letting preconceived notions to stifle or inhibit reflection on newly presented information.
- In critical thinking, the step of analysis assists us to distinguish and access information. Learning transpires in three domains: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor. In the cognitive area, analysis involves the process of discriminating or separating.
- Logic and reasoning are similar, but not identical. Logic is the branch of philosophy that gives the rules for acquiring valid conclusions. A conclusion is legitimate if it follows from statements that are accepted as facts. For instance, a logical statement might be, 1 + 1 = 2.
- Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
- One of the first steps in developing non-linear thinking is to step out of your comfort zone. Basically, this concept involves comprehending information or circumstances from a different perspective. A zone is defined as an area set apart in some way.
- Don’t Jump to Conclusions
- An essential step in problem-solving is taking the time to acquire the necessary information. Often, we tend to jump to conclusions before we have all of the facts. How can we use our understanding of logic to gather all the necessary data?
- Expect and Initiate Change
- “Be the change you wish to see,” is a common slogan on bumper stickers. With so many events happening on an international and national level each day, change is simply a standard sequence in businesses. We can always expect changes in organisations.
- Being Ready to Adapt
- The question in today’s culture is not will change occur in an organisation, but how well are employees at adjusting to change. Employees protect themselves from becoming obsolete by changing. Adaptation is a survival skill of nature.
- Ask the Right Questions
- The first step in logical thinking should commence by asking the right questions. Based on the components of critical thinking, logical thinker should start reasoning by asking many questions. A vital question to ask is “What are the premises?”
- Organise the Data
- Organising data is the second step in the logic process. Once we know the premises, we can begin to arrange the data. We can organise the information by making connections.
- Evaluate the Information
- After organising the information, logical thinker can proceed with evaluating it. Evaluating information involves determining whether the information is valid. Conclusions cannot be made until a distinction is made between truth and validity.
- Draw Conclusions
- Once the data has been collected, organised, and evaluated, we can then conclude. Recall that in deductive reasoning, conclusions are gathered based on valid premises. In inductive reasoning, we use observations to draw conclusions or a hypothesis.
- Active Listening
- We have all heard it before the best communicators are active listeners. What does it mean to practice active listening? Active listening suggests the listener is completely engaged in what the speaker is communicating and judging what is being said.
- Be Curious
- Curiosity is yet another skill in improving critical thinking. Some scholars maintain that Socrates ultimate goal was not so much to advocate his methods, but to advocate self-improvement and to spark curiosity. The primary purpose of a teacher is to spark interest and engage their students.
- Be Disciplined
- Reasoning and rationale are often correlated with self-discipline. Critical thinking is a self-disciplined and self-guided action. Critical thinking compels the individual to use their own reasoning skills and have the ability to evaluate and reflect.
- Be Humble
- Humility is defined as the “essence of being modest of opinion or estimate of one’s own importance.” Humility is the contrast of arrogance. Humility relates to having an open mind.
- Seeing the Big Picture
- One of the principal functions of thinking is to create connections. Our own ideas gain significance when we can relate or connect them to other concepts. We start to attain insight when we see the similarities between ideas.
- Objectivity is defined as “intentness on objects external to the mind.” In critical thinking, we strive to have an acute understanding of objectivity. This is a heuristic or rule/approach for problem-solving.
- Using Your Emotions
- As suggested in the previous section, emotions should not be disregarded altogether when thinking critically. Emotions play a significant role in the thinking process. For example, professionals need empathy when working with others regardless of their occupation to vicariously experience what others feel, believe, or wish.
- Being Self-Aware
- Self-awareness is yet another aspect of the critical thinker. This characteristic associates to acutely being aware of one’s feelings, opinions, and assumptions. Moreover, it is a origin point for thinking critically.
- Making Assumptions
- As we mentioned in the previous module, self-awareness is a starting point from which we commence to think critically. We based our choices on assumptions we get about objects or things. Assumptions are the arguments, but the distinctive feature of a hypothesis is that it is a declaration in which no proof or evidence is provided.
- Watch out for the Bias
- As we learned in the section on logic, confirmation bias can impact the inferences we draw. Bias is not something that we can completely eliminate. However, when thinking critically, we need to watch out for confirmation bias.
- Ask Clarifying Questions
- As we discussed in an earlier section, asking the right questions is essential. Equally important is to ask clarifying inquiries when making decisions. Clarifying questions are thought-provoking questions and help the thinker acquire more information.
- SWOT Analysis
- SWOT Analysis is also called Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. We use this type of analysis to be more objective thinkers. SWOT allows us to think cleanly and clearly, and from a rational point of view.
- Being More Persuasive
- Persuasiveness is the characteristic of being capable of influencing others. We usually think of salespersons and politicians when we hear the word persuasiveness. However, all managers or professionals use persuasiveness daily.
- Better Communication
- Critical thinking improves communication for some of the same reasons that it improves persuasiveness. Many of the same factors we use to improve our persuasiveness also make us better communicators in general. For example, the use of analogies and metaphors are a great persuasion and general communication technique.
- Better Problem Solving
- Critical thinking and problem-solving are closely related and are almost intertwined. Sometimes we say that to solve logic problems; we must use our critical thinking skills. In fact, logic, critical thinking, and problem-solving use some of the same cognitive processes.
- Increased Emotional Intelligence
- What is emotional intelligence and how does critical thinking aid increase our emotional intelligence? Emotional intelligence is identified as the capacity to assess and control the emotions of oneself, others, and even groups. Emotional intelligence is being “heart smart” as opposed to “book smart.”
- Limitations of Your Point of View
- As discussed at the beginning of this course, one element of critical thinking is open-mindedness. This component, as well as bias, relate to the critical thinkers’ point of view. The less open-minded and more biased a person is, the more limited their point of view.
- Considering Others Viewpoint
- One reason we find it so tough to consider another’s viewpoint is that we are over-concerned with our own opinions and views. A challenge for the critical thinker is to step down from the “mountain of self”, and climb up the “mountain of the other”. Regarding others viewpoint is easier when we know the benefits.
- Influences on Bias
- In this course, we have discussed bias and how it influences our conclusions in the logic process. What are some influences on bias? The first thing that can influence bias is the way the person interprets the information he or she is receiving.
- When New Information Arrives
- When the critical thinker receives new information, how should they organise it? Probably the most common way of handling new information is through an organisation schema. Schemas indicate which further role information plays.
- Identify Inconsistencies
- Much of critical thinking is about how to connect the two points in a problem. However, sometimes, critical thinkers are presented with inconsistencies or what scientists call cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance can emerge through a discrepancy between attitude and beliefs. Inconsistencies can also be called variances or dissimilarities.
- Trust Your Instincts
- “Trust your instincts” comes under the second stage of problem-solving, and you should now start to see solution paths. Instincts are defined as a natural intuitive power. Intuition or instincts are vital pieces in problem-solving.
- Asking Why?
- In an earlier module, we discussed how asking the correct question is essential in logical thinking. Asking why is equally important in problem-solving. It is not sufficient to be simply bestowed with the information or data.
- Evluate the Solution(s)
- Once a possible solution has been acquired, problem solvers may believe they can proceed with the answer. However, they should not overlook the all-important step of evaluating all possible solutions. Sometimes, one problem has more than one solution and taking the time to assess the efficacy of each alternative is a critical thinking skill.
- Retaining Your New Skills
- Now that we have learned many new critical thinking skills, our next challenge is to retain these skills. There are many methods to help you retain your new critical thinking skills. Developing a schema for organising and remembering information is one method.
- Reflect and Learn From Mistakes
- Reflection is a useful step in the logic process. Reflecting and learning from mistakes is also helpful in critical thinking. You may not be able to reflect every time you engage your critical thinking skills.
- Always Ask Questions
- The importance of inquisitiveness cannot be overemphasised in the process of critical thinking. One contribution to civilisation that Socrates made was that he advocated the questioning process during a debate. Furthermore, learning is a process sparked by the wish to know more.
- Practicing Critical Thinking
- The best way to enhance your critical thinking skills is to practice. Develop ways to remember and organise the techniques from this course. Develop a schema.
Each participant will receive the following materials for the Critical Thinking Skills course
Critical Thinking Skills Learner’s Guide
Critical Thinking Skills Key Takeaways Notes
Critical Thinking Skills Essentials Ebook
Critical Thinking Skills Course Handouts
Critical Thinking Skills 30-Day Action Plan
Critical Thinking Skills MindMaps Pack
Critical Thinking Skills PPT Slides Used During Course
Critical Thinking Skills Long-Term Memory Flashcards Pack
Critical Thinking Skills E-Learning Course
Critical Thinking Skills Online Video Course
Critical Thinking Skills Essentials Audiobook
Critical Thinking Skills Infographics Pack
Each course participant will receive a certification of training completion
There are 3 pricing options available for this Critical Thinking Skills training course. Course participants not in Singapore may choose to sign up for our online Critical Thinking Skills training course.
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