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Critical Thinking (PDCT)

  • Length 2 days
  • Price  NZD 1500 exc GST
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Why study this course

Critical thinking involves a number of processes including identifying and evaluating specific situations, being aware of any contributing circumstances and the potential results of your actions or plans. To think critically, it is important to evaluate various perspectives (yours and others) to identify the resources available to you and evaluate the short and long-term effects of taking a particular action.

This course provides training in identifying support structures, perspectives and arguments and how to critically evaluate the advantages and the disadvantages of a proposed plan or an action, so that the right decisions can be made the first time. Learn the difference between left brain and right brain thinking, removing the emotions from decision making, evaluating both sides of an argument and critical questioning skills.

This course is delivered in partnership with PD Training.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Explore real-world examples of why critical thinking is so important in business

  • Learn to use critical thinking skills when making business decisions

  • Choose the right techniques to recognise assumptions and draw conclusions

  • Use the Watson-Glaser® Critical Thinking II Development Report

  • Translate an abstract idea into something tangible

  • Minimise the impact of job pressures on your thinking processes

  • React with curiosity instead of emotion

  • Get a roadmap for developing your critical thinking skills

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PD Training at Lumify Work

PD Training is Australia's leading provider of professional development training, cutting edge psychometric profiling and HR services. They help companies provide training and development to their staff that is on-target, fun, retained, and achieves their goals.
Lumify Work partners with PD Training to offer an extensive range of Professional Development training and short courses, through a network of over 400 specialist trainers.

Who is the course for?

This is a practical class that is suitable for all audiences, and provides participants with tools they can apply on-the-job (and in other contexts) the very next day.

Course subjects

Lesson 1: Course Overview

  • Introduction

Lesson 2: Understanding Critical Thinking

  • What is Critical Thinking?

  • Characteristics of a Critical Thinker

  • Common Critical Thinking Styles

  • Small Group Work

  • Developing Your Critical Thinking Skills

Lesson 3: Where Do Other Types of Thinking Fit In?

  • Left and Right Brain Thinking

  • Whole-Brain Thinking

Lesson 4: Pitfalls to Reasoned Decision Making

  • Getting Over the Barriers

  • Debrief

  • Morning Wrap-Up

  • Energiser: Puzzle Paradise

Lesson 5: The Critical Thinking Process

  • Critical Thinking Model

  • The Standards of Critical Thinking

  • Identifying the Issues

  • Identifying the Arguments

  • Clarifying the Issues and Arguments

  • Establishing Context

  • Checking Credibility and Consistency

  • Evaluating Arguments

  • Case Study

Lesson 6: A Critical Thinker's Skill Set

  • Asking Questions

  • Probing

  • Pushing My Buttons

  • Critical Thinking Questions

  • Active Listening Skills

Lesson 7: Creating Explanations

  • Defining Explanations

  • Steps to Building an Explanation

  • Small Group Work

Lesson 8: Dealing with Assumptions

  • Understanding assumptions

  • When are assumptions useful

  • Critically evaluate assumptions

Lesson 9: Common Sense

  • Reflecting on common sense

  • Is it 'common'?

Lesson 10: Critical and Creative Thought Systems

  • Tips for Thinking Creatively

  • Creative Thinking Exercise

  • De Bono's Thinking Hats

Lesson 11: Putting It into Practice

  • Presenting and Communicating Your Ideas to Others

  • Pre-Assignment Preparation

  • Presentations




Lumify Work offers training through our partnership with PD Training. This arrangement requires Lumify Work to provide your details to PD Training for course and/or exam registration purposes.

Terms & Conditions

The supply of this course by Lumify Work is governed by the booking terms and conditions. Please read the terms and conditions carefully before enrolling in this course, as enrolment in the course is conditional on acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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