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In-depth examination of critical thinking

1.What role does critical thinking play in decision making?

2. How should the decision-making process be structured in a workplace?

3. How do you initially approach challenge in a workplace?

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First: define critical thinking:
Critical thinking is deciding rationally what to or what not to believe."

Norris, Stephen P. "Synthesis of Research on Critical Thinking. Educational Leadership, v 42 n 8 May 1985. 40-45.
"Critical thinking is the use of those cognitive skills or strategies that increase the probability of a desirable outcome. It is used to describe thinking that is purposeful, reasoned and goal directed - the kind of thinking involved in solving problems, formulating inferences, calculating likelihoods, and making decisions when the thinker is using skills that are thoughtful and effective for the particular context and type of thinking task. Critical thinking also involves evaluating the thinking process - the reasoning that went into the conclusion we've arrived at the kinds of factors considered in making a decision. Critical thinking is sometimes called directed thinking because it ...

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This posting looks at critical thinking by firstly providing several definitions of the concept. It then explains how critical thinking is involved in the decision making process.