Critical Thinking Course 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.
We live in a knowledge-based society. Given our exposure to an overwhelming amount of information, Critical Thinking is crucial to digest this information. Critical Thinking gives skills to analyze and evaluate information to absorb the highest amount of knowledge from it. It provides the best chance of making the correct decision and minimizes damages if a mistake does occur.
Critical Thinking will lead to being a rational and disciplined thinker and reduces one’s prejudice and bias. This workshop will provide skills to evaluate, identify, and distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information. It will lead to a more productive career and is an excellent skill for everyday life.
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 a critical assessment of alternative solutions.
- Develop a comprehensive view of culture and appreciate differences in opinions.
- Critical thinking skills course fosters a creative solution to a problem.
- Development of decision-making skills
- Constructing 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.
- Enhancing presentation and communication skills.
Below Is The List Of Course Objectives Of Our Critical Thinking Skills Course
- Understand the components of critical thinking
- Out-of-the-box thinking
- Rational thinking
- Understand what it means to be a critical thinker
- Assess information using critical thinking skills
- Know the benefits of critical thinking
- Revise perspective and viewpoints, when necessary
- Understand problem-solving abilities
Below Is The List Of The Course Content Of Our Critical Thinking Skills Training Course
Critical Thinking Course – Part 1
Critical thinking is akin to the study of logic. Critical thinking relates to how we make decisions and use our judgment. Critical thinking is more than just thinking about thinking or metacognition. It is also about how we take action. Critical thinking involves many components, and we will address several unique components in this part of the 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 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, effective, and psychomotor. In the cognitive area, analysis involves the process of discriminating or separating.
Critical Thinking Course – Part 2
As we will cover in the previous part of this course, we can approach critical thinking and problems in a step-by-step fashion. It is called linear or vertical thinking. However, often, we tend not to line up the premises in a normal step-by-step fashion. When we approach a problem in a different order, we are using non-linear thinking. Sometimes, non-linear thinking is also called lateral thinking.
- Logic and conclusion 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. This concept involves comprehending information or circumstances from a different perspective. A zone is defined as an area set apart in some way.
- Do not 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?
Critical Thinking Course – Part 3
Logical thinking is a process which involves steps. In general logical thinking involves checking the components of the argument and making connections between them, which is what we call reasoning. The four significant steps of logical thinking are 1) asking the right questions, 2) organising data, 3) evaluating the information, and 4) concluding. In this module, we will analyse these necessary steps.
- 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?”
Critical Thinking Course – Part 4
- 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, the 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.
Critical Thinking Course – Part 5
- 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 reasoning skills and have the ability to evaluate and reflect.
Critical Thinking Course – Part 6
- Be Humble
- Humility is defined as the“essence of being modest of opinion or estimate of one’s 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 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. Objectivity is a heuristic or rule/approach for problem-solving.
Critical Thinking Course – Part 7
- 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 a characteristic of a Critical Thinker. This is to acutely be aware of one’s feelings, opinions, and assumptions. Moreover, it is an 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.
Critical Thinking Course – Part 8
- 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 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 to obtain 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 clearly and clearly, and from a rational point of view.
Critical Thinking Course – Part 9
- 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. Logic, critical thinking, and problem-solving use some of the same cognitive processes.
Critical Thinking Course – Part 10
- 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 other’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”. Considering another viewpoint is more comfortable when we know the benefits.
Critical Thinking Course – Part 11
- 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 the 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.
Critical Thinking Course – Part 12
- 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 bestowed with the information or data.
- Evaluate 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.
Critical Thinking Course – Part 13
- 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.
- Practising 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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Here are five critical thinking skills to master:
Inference: To assess whether the information at hand is adequate and reliable.
Analysis: The capacity to collect and process information and knowledge.
Interpretation: concluding what the meaning of prepared information is.
Evaluation: The ability to make decisions based on available information.
Explanation: Clearly communicating findings and reasoning.
Critical thinking means making reasoned analysis well-thought-out. It is a way of thinking where arguments and conclusions are tested.
It can be categorised into three core skills: Curiosity, Skepticism, and Humility.
Curiosity is the desire to learn more knowledge and to explore evidence.
Scepticism involves adopting a fresh questioning attitude about the new information that you are exposed to and not foolishly believing everything everyone tells you.
Finally, humility is the capacity to accept that your opinions and ideas are wrong when faced with new credible evidence that states otherwise.
Observational skills are the origin point for critical thinking. Observant employees can quickly sense and recognise a new problem.
Once a problem has been noticed, analysis skills become essential.
Inferencing is a skill that involves concluding the information.
Communication skills are essential when it comes time to explain and discuss issues and their possible answers with colleagues and other stakeholders.
After identifying a difficulty, analysed it and discussed possible solutions, the final step is to execute the solution.
Influential critical thinkers demonstrate the following characteristics:
- inquisitiveness about a wide variety of issues
- concern to become and stay informed
- alert to chances to use critical thinking
- self-confidence in one’s abilities to reason
- open-mindedness about diverging world views
- adaptability in weighing alternatives and opinions
- attentiveness to potential future events in order to anticipate their consequences
- perception of the opinions of other people
- fair-mindedness in appraising reasoning
- honesty in facing one’s preferences, prejudices, stereotypes, or egocentric tendencies
- prudence in suspending, advancing or altering judgments
- willingness to revise views where honest introspection suggests that change is warranted
- Undertake more research on issues by seeking to find accurate and factual information
- To carefully analyze and interpret information collected to draw reasonable inferences.
- Develop a strategic way of solving problems and sticking through that way to the end.
- To be prepared at all times to change strategy or tact when things seem not to work.
- Show a willingness to improve on critical thinking skill by learning new techniques.
- To continue researching and studying more to get more factual facts and figures that will guide my thinking.
Abstract thinking – can relate seemingly random things with each other
Analytical thinking – to separate a whole into its essential parts in order to examine these parts and their relations.
Creative thinkers – think outside the box and will come up with smart solutions to solve their difficulties in life.
Concrete thinking – focuses on the real world, rather than the abstract one.
Critical thinking – to exercise careful evaluation or judgment in order to determine the authenticity, correctness, worth, validity, or value of something.
Critical thinking is self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It assumes consent to standards of distinction and mindful command of their use. It requires effective communication and problem-solving abilities and a dedication to overcome our native egocentrism and sociocentrism.
Hence, one can gain numerous advantages from mastering critical thinking skills, such as better command of one’s learning and having understanding for other points of view.
Mindless thinking: In this age of information overload, it is not very easy to find the truth. In the most real sense of the word – to be mindless is to have not thoughts and to follow familiar behaviours. Organizations today are tasked with making knowledge more accessible and convenient. On the other hand, they need to find people for whom convenience is no motivation. They are looking for cerebral agility and curiosity — thinkers of consequence, not thinkers of convenience. People with that need enjoy a good debate and are in a world of clashing ideas.
Strive: Use energy and drive to focus on stimulating tasks.
Reflect: Review personal ideas and experiences to guide actions.
Adapt: Adjust actions and strategies to accomplish tasks.
Communicate: Use clear voice to express ideas and share information.
Link: Apply knowledge to reach new perceptions.
Collaborate: Work with others to achieve more significant outcomes.
Inquire: Seek knowledge that excites curiosity and inspires learning.
Examine: Use a variety of techniques to explore and to analyze.
Create: Use knowledge and imagination to express new and innovative ideas.
Dispositions: Critical thinkers remain suspicious, open-minded, respect data and logic, respect clarity and precision, look at different points of view and will change stance when reason leads them to do so.
Criteria: It is necessary to apply criteria, which are conditions that must be met for believability.
Argument: Is a proposition with supporting evidence.
Reasoning: Is to infer a result from one or many premises.
Point of View: The way one sees the world, which becomes one’s construction of meaning.
1. Ask Basic Questions
It is tempting to imagine those good critical thinkers ask erudite, convoluted puzzles when they are trying to resolve a problem. However, the truth is the opposite.
2. Be Aware Of the Mental Process
People who assume they are good analytical thinkers often turn their analytical abilities outwards, proudly critiquing other people. However, being a genuinely skilled thinker requires a lot more self-reflection.
3. Adjusting Perspective
As noted above, being more careful of one’s own biases is an excellent help in critical thinking. However, it is only the first step in a gradual perspective shift.
Misunderstanding: This can arise due to language or cultural differences, a lack of knowledge of the ‘processes’ involved, or a misunderstanding that critical thinking means making ‘negative’ remarks (as discussed in Sessions 3 and 4).
Reluctance to criticise: Being afraid to challenge the ‘norm’ or experts in a field and consider alternative views (feeling out of your ‘comfort zone’ or fearful of being wrong).
Lack of detailed knowledge: Superficial knowledge (not having read deeply enough around the subject).
Many believed that that critical thinking would organically emerge as students take various courses in their selected field of study at University. However, research showed that many students did not learn the critical thinking, complex logic and written communication skills that are widely believed to be at the heart of a college education.
The development of critical thinking requires a carefully designed curriculum that establishes the mental habits and dispositions necessary for this skill to take root.
This lists the steps to follow when critically reading a text:
Step 1: Analyse the task
Step 2: Begin research
Step 3: Pre-reading activities
Step 4: Make a list of questions
Step 5: Deep reading
Step 6: Make notes
Step 7: Evaluate Article
Step 8: Mind map from memory
Step 9: Consolidate your knowledge
Being an active listener means to be completely attentive and engaged in what the speaker is telling.
A curious brain is a learning brain. People who have excellent decision-making skills are always seeking to learn new things.
One of the main benefits of self-discipline is to prevent others from influencing your thoughts so that you can have independent reasoning and rationalizing ability.
Humility is the quality of putting down one’s contribution to a successful task while giving credit to others.
There are four types:
1. Convergent Analytical Thinking
Convergent thinking is the method of developing the best answer to a problem using our memory and logic.
2. Divergent Thinking
Divergent thinking is the reverse of convergent thinking.
3. Critical Thinking
Critical thinking means analyzing something in order to form a decision about it. It includes Deduction, Induction, and Abduction.
4. Creative Thinking
Creative thinking involves approaching a topic in unusual, unique and alternative ways to generate new ideas about an established topic.
The first step is to identify the problem and the factors that may affect it.
Independent research ability is critical when comparing arguments about an issue.
Influential critical thinkers do their best to assess information objectively.
The information does not always begin with a summary that explains what it means. There is a need to assess the information given and draw conclusions based on raw data.
Many scenarios will present information that may seem significant, but it may turn out to be only a secondary point to consider.
Everyone thinks almost all of the time. However, the reasoning is a particular kind of mental activity that is focused in some way on solving a problem; planning an action, studying for an exam, protecting a position on a controversial issue etc.
Concepts and ideas ultimately produce all reasoning. Being able to identify and express the symbolic ideas used within the process of reasoning is of fundamental value.
Reasoning leads somewhere and has implications and consequences. Thinking that leads nowhere has no value. The reasoning starts somewhere and takes up somewhere else; to a new conclusion on an issue and these conclusions have implications.
Being a great learner will lead to being a great thinker. Those that listen proactively, strategically and intuitively are often more capable of putting in place policies and procedures that address difficulties head-on with a significant impact. Those that do not settle for incremental thinking, and challenge the status quo, are the ones that help the world progress. It is incredible what can be dreamed up and achieved once the perceived restrictions dissolve.
1. Charles Darwin
Darwin’s ability to see new relationships in ordinary situations led him to map out a new theory that transformed the way we saw the world.
2. Galileo Galilei
Pioneering astronomer, philosopher, and—after his revelations caused an uproar in lazy thinkers within religious circles—“defender of truth in the face of ignorance.”
3. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Inspired millions with his talent for argument; his “I have a dream” speech still resonates 50 years on.
4. Simone de Beauvoir
She was the most radical feminist thinker of the 20th century.