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The Basics

An short definition:

Critical thinking is a kind of thinking in which you question, analyse, interpret, evaluate and make a judgement about what you read, hear, say, or write.

A more complex definition:

To think critically is to analyse and evaluate information, reasoning and situations, according to appropriate standards such as truth and logic, for the purpose of constructing sound and insightful new knowledge, understandings, hypotheses and beliefs.

Critical thinking encompasses the subject’s ability to process and synthesise information in such a way that it enables them to apply it judiciously to tasks for informed decision-making and effective problem-solving.

Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)


Four key elements:

  • Evaluating Reasoning (logic/debunking/questioning)

  • Sense-making (research/knowledge construction/theorizing)

  • Problem-solving (solution generation/creative thinking)

  • Decision-making (comparison/evaluation)


Why is Critical Thinking important?

Critical thinking is a key skill that we use daily to accomplish tasks, ranging from simple to complex. According to the World Economic Forum - The Future of Jobs Report 2023, Analytical Thinking is the top skill required in the workplace.

How can The Soft Skills Workshop help you?

Courses (TBC)

  • Critical Thinking: An overview

  • Sense-Making

  • Decision-Making

  • Problem Solving

Skill Set

Analytical Thinking

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Decision Making

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Problem Solving

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  • What is the most important element of critical thinking?

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Upskill yourself with our courses in Critical Thinking. Each course takes an in-depth look at an aspect of crritical thinking.

Courses include the following:

  • Video Tutorials

  • Course Material

  • Discussion sessions

  • Self-completion Tests

  • Resources Links

  • Access to online classes

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