Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking can be thought of as something more than merely problem solving, although that is an important part of the critical thinking process.

There are many competing definitions for critical thinking. We feel is is best described as:

"Disciplined thinking informed by evidence and open-minded as to outcomes. It requires an honest an dlogical evaluation of self-bias and a reflection on unspoken or hidden assumptions."

The core skills in critical thinking relate to infomred questioning, observation, analysis and evaluation.

In the games that provide an environment for practicing critical thinking skills we encourage to application of an understanding of the critical thinking model - putting it into practice.

Critical thinking calls for the practitioner to :

  •    Identify the nature of the core problem - getting to the 'root'.
  •   Prioritise the analysis and problem solving by identifying the inherent problem heirarchy.
  •   Identifying key enabling information needed to consider a solution.
  •   Identify and actively acknowledge hidden or unstates assumptions.
  •   Use simple, clear and precise language
  •   Understand the use and application of logic (and critically, the concept of fallacy).
  •   Test conclusions or plans against the evidence and if necessary review conclusions in the light of that test.

Critical thinking is now acknowldged as an important issue for higher education and all professional and academic disciplines. Like any skills-based concept, the opportunity to practise is vital - and a game is an excellent way to explore the practice safely.

Games that include Critical Thinking as a key theme:

Critical Thinking | Responsible Communication | Crisis Response
Negotiation | Team-building | Education

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