Critical thinking

Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal Test Practice

The Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal (WGCTA) is a verbal-style test produced by Pearson TalentLens in the UK. It is administered by employers as either an online test (usually unsupervised at home, or in some cases at a Pearson Vue test centre), or as a paper-based test in an assessment centre. The Watson Glaser test is split into five sections, and it consists of 40 questions that must be completed in 30 minutes. The test is given to graduates, managers, and senior managers across a range of professions, including lawyers, accountants, and the finance sector.

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The Analysis & Assessment of Thinking

by Richard Paul and Linda Elder There are two essential dimensions of thinking that students need to master in order to develop as fairminded critical thinkers. They need to be able to identify the "parts" of thinking, and they need to be able to assess use of these parts of thinking, as follows: All reasoning has a purpose All reasoning is an attempt to figure something out, to settle some question, to solve some problem All reasoning is based on assumptions All reasoning is done from some point of view All reasoning is based on data, information, and evidence All reasoning is expressed through, and shaped by, concepts and ideas All reasoning contains inferences by which we draw conclusions and give meaning to data All reasoning leads somewhere, has implications and consequences The question can then be raised, "What appropriate intellectual standards do students need to assess the 'parts' of their thinking?" There are many standards appropriate to the assessment of thinking as it might occur in this or that context, but some standards are virtually universal (that is, applicable to all thinking): clarity, precision, accuracy, relevance, depth, breadth, and logic.

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Critical Thinking Skills

See Also: Transferable Skills Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally, understanding the logical connection between ideas.  Critical thinking has been the subject of much debate and thought since the time of early Greek philosophers such as Plato and Socrates and has continued to be a subject of discussion into the modern age. Critical thinking might be described as the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking. In essence, critical thinking requires you to use your ability to reason. It is about being an active learner rather than a passive recipient of information.

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What is RED | Critical Thinking Examples

The RED model lays out a path for understanding how critical thinking works and for developing each of the essential skills. Let's take a look at each critical thinking skill. Pearson’s RED Model of Critical Thinking Recognize Assumptions This is the ability to separate fact from opinion. It is deceptively easy to listen to a comment or presentation and assume the information presented is true even though no evidence was given to back it up. Noticing and questioning assumptions helps to reveal information gaps or unfounded logic. Taking it a step further, when we examine assumptions through the eyes of different people (e.

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Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Test | ThinkWatson.com

There is a reason why the Watson-Glaser™ Critical Thinking Appraisal is the most widely used tool for selecting great managers and developing future leaders: It works. Developed in 1925, today the Watson-Glaser is the premier tool for evaluating the cognitive ability of professionals. Watson At-A-Glance Assesses critical thinking ability and decision making Predicts judgment, problem solving, creativity, openness to experience & more Long history of use in business, government, and education Correlates with other leading ability and personality tests Online administration at TalentLens.

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Captus Catalogue: Critical Thinking for Business Students, 2e - Linda Dyer

Preface 1   What Is Critical Thinking? “You’re so critical!” Critical thinking about business Buyer beware The sponge Dimensions of critical thinking Consider an example Critical thinking and effective communication 2   Claims Uncontested claims Contestable claims An example Presenting claims Writing effectively Exercises 3   Evidence Finding the evidence Quality of evidence • Accuracy • Precision • Sufficiency • Representativeness • Authority Clarity of expression A sample analysis Other objections Effective writing Exercises 4   Underlying Assumptions Why are they “underlying”? How to find underlying assumptions Reality assumptions Challenging reality assumptions Value assumptions Challenging value assumptions Effective writing Exercises 5   Causal Claims Causal reasoning is natural — and useful Causal reasoning can be very difficult Differences between groups Correlation between characteristics The post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy Can we ever be sure? Experimental research Exercises 6   Techniques of Persuasion A “how-to” approach Anticipate and counter readers’ objections Negative evidence Rival causes Debatable assumptions Limit your claims when you have no rebuttal Rhetoric • Be complete • Use an appropriate tone • Be vivid Effective reading Exercises 7   Writing a Persuasive Essay First steps Secondary sources Interviews Organizing your ideas Writing the first draft Revising Images enhance the clarity of your essay “Writing to change the world” Conclusion Appendices Appendix 1 Business Terms and Popular Expressions Appendix 2 Comprehensive Exercises Appendix 3 Answers to Selected Exercises References.

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6 Obstacles to Creative Thinking and How to Overcome Them: Develop...

There are six major obstacles to creative thinking that could be preventing you from learning how to improve your problem solving skills for business success. Any one of them, if you fail to recognize and remove it, can hold you back. Obstacle to Creative Thinking #1: Lack of Direction The first obstacle to creative thinking is the lack of clear goals and objectives, written down, accompanied by detailed, written plans of action. When you become crystal clear about what you want, and how you are going to achieve it, your creative mind springs to life.

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College and University Students

"As grads look to the future, they're all thinking one thing: Hire us. . . In general, students in fields that require critical thinking skills, problem-solving, and face-to-face contact will fare best in this new economy, no matter where they look for jobs", said Jim Kurre, associate professor of economics at Penn State Behrend and director of the Economic Research Institute of Erie. Erie Times News, PA -May 20, 2008 "Employers report that such applied skills as critical thinking, teamwork, and effective communication are essential to the preparation for today’s workplace".

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR WRITING A CRITICAL THINKING ESSAY

      Site Search and Site Map     Liberated from a kind of slavery. But from whom? From professors. Actually from dependence on professors so that they no longer stand as infallible authorities delivering opinions beyond our capacity to challenge, question and dissent. In fact, this is exactly what the professors want. They want us to excel on our own, to go beyond what is currently known, to make our own contributions to knowledge and to society. Being a professor is a curious job — the more effective they are as teachers, the less their students require their aid in learning.

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Five Steps to Better Thinking, Problem Solving, Decision Making

Five Steps to Better Critical-Thinking, Problem-Solving, and Decision-Making Skills by Mary Ellen Guffey  Gone are the days when management expected workers to check their brains at the door and do only as told.   As knowledge workers in today's age of information, students will be expected to use their brains in thinking critically.   They'll be solving problems and making decisions, either individually or as parts of teams.   The decisions reached will then be communicated to management, fellow workers, clients, the government, and the public.

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