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Critical Thinking Course Details


This two-day workshop will help you teach participants how to:

  • Define critical and non-critical thinking
  • Identify their critical thinking style(s), including areas of strength and improvement
  • Describe other thinking styles, including left/right brain thinking and whole-brain thinking
  • Work through the critical thinking process to build or analyze arguments
  • Develop and evaluate explanations
  • Improve key critical thinking skills, including active listening and questioning
  • Use analytical thought systems and creative thinking techniques
  • Prepare and present powerful arguments

Audience:

Anybody

Pre-Requisites:

Duration:

2 Days

Price:

$367.50 If you are currently resident in South Africa you will need to pay VAT at 14%.   *Discount available

Note: information may change without notice.

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About Critical Thinking

The answer lies in critical thinking skills. The ability to clearly reason through problems and to present arguments in a logical, compelling way has become a key skill for survival in today's world. This two-day Critical Thinking workshop will give participants some practical tools and hands-on experience with critical thinking and problem solving.

Course Outline


You will spend the first part of the day getting to know participants and discussing what will take place during the workshop. Students will also have an opportunity to identify their personal learning objectives.

  • Understanding Critical Thinking
    • The first session of the course will look at what critical thinking is, the difference between motivated reasoning and rationality, and the characteristics of a critical thinker. It will also explore the difference between motivated and rational thinking, and the standards of Critical Thinking. 
  • Information and Perception
    • Next, participants will look at how our brain perceives data, just how much it misses and why we need to apply scientific thinking in day to day activities . Participants will also learn barriers to understanding such as cognitive biases and logical fallacies, as well as where feelings and intuition fit in this equation. 
  • Sources of Information
    • This session will look at where we can find information and how we can ensure the information is credible. We will also look at some methods analysing edited material.
  • The Critical Thinking Process
    • Next, participants will delve into the seven phase critical thinking model. They will also learn about the standards of critical thinking that serve as the foundation for this model. Participants will then practice the process through a case study.
  • A Critical Thinker's Skill Set
    • This session will give participants some skills necessary for critical thinking: asking questions, and probing answers for more information.
  • Creating Explanations
    • Another important part of critical thinking is being able to clearly explain why something is a particular way. This session will help participants build that skill.
  • Dealing with Assumptions
    • Although assumptions can help us get through our everyday lives, they can be a major impediment to critical thinking. In this session, participants will discuss how to reduce the number of assumptions that they rely on.
  • Assertions and Proof
    • This session looks at analysing assertions and where the burden of proof lies. 
  • Putting It Into Practice
    • This final session will give participants some tips on preparing and presenting a powerful, logical argument. Participants will also have an opportunity to prepare and present a critical thinking presentation, and to evaluate others' presentations with the skills that they have learned.
  • Workshop Wrap-Up
    • At the end of the day, students will have an opportunity to ask questions and fill out an action plan.

Delivery Method

Instructor Led classroom based training. Scheduled classes are normally held in Woodmead - near to Sandton in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. Stationary and textbook included. Refreshments, including 2 tea breaks and a cooked meal for lunch are provided for full time courses. Light finger meals are supplied for part time courses.

Scheduled Dates


To apply for a booking, click on the relevant "Book Here" link below.
Note: places are only fully secured once payment has been made.

Start DateDuration 
Mon 22 May 20172 daysBook Here
Mon 24 Jul 20172 daysBook Here
Mon 25 Sep 20172 daysBook Here

Gautrain

For clients who want to enjoy the convenience of public transport, consider the Gautrain. Our training premises in Woodmead is located near the Morning Glenn Mall Bus Stop. If organised by prior arrangement we will collect delegates from the afore mentioned bus stop at no extra charge. Direction to the bus stop are as follows:

Take the Gautrain to the Sandton station.
Take the S2 Bus to Morning Glenn Mall.
We will collect you at 8:30 directly from the bus stop.

Accommodation

Please submit a query on the course page and we will be able to advise you on hotels and guest houses close to the training facility.