Critical Thinking

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May 8–9, 2018 | Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

A principle complaint of employers is that recent graduates lack critical thinking skills.  There is a global challenge to help students be more successful in their careers by having the ability to solve complex problems. This seminar introduces faculty to a new way to develop student thinking.  

Participants will differentiate between two principle approaches to critical thinking: one focusing on overcoming logical fallacies and the other focusing on overcoming biases in problem formulation. They will develop an understanding of, and be able to implement in a curriculum, four major components of critical thinking, and will discover why (and how) critical thinking can improve job and career opportunities for students.

During this seminar, attendees will develop a new approach to teaching critical thinking for business students and how to implement critical thinking throughout an entire program. Attendees will gain insight as to how to organizationally implement a critical thinking approach in courses, as well as in a curriculum by engaging key constituents including senior administrators, faculty, and students.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will develop a new approach to teaching critical thinking to business students, and learn how to implement critical thinking in courses as well as throughout a program. They also will understand and be able to implement four components of critical thinking, including:

  • Basic processes of individual inquiry and thinking to formulate and solve problems
  • Eight elements of critical thinking and how they contribute to thinking processes
  • Four intellectual standards that facilitate the evaluation of critical thinking
  • Disposition and reflection, which advance thinking and learning outcomes