Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Duration: 16-40 Hours

Critical thinking involves asking questions, defining a problem, examining evidence, analyzing assumptions and biases, avoiding emotional reasoning, avoiding oversimplification, considering other interpretations, and tolerating ambiguity. Dealing with ambiguity is also seen by Strohm & Baukus (1995) as an essential part of critical thinking, "Ambiguity and doubt serve a critical-thinking function and are a necessary and even a productive part of the process".

Key Learning Points:

  1. Identify the Problem. The first task is to determine if a problem exists.
  2. Analyze the problem, look at it from different angles.
  3. Brainstorm and come up with a several possible solutions.
  4. Decide which solution fits the situation best.
  5. Take action.