This example is from a scenario in the "Introduction to Critical Thinking" section of the Critical Thinking Skills Training course from the Wonderlic Soft Skills Training Program. In this course, learners experience how identifying facts and opinions is an important initial step in solving problems.
This Basic Critical Thinking Skills Training course is one of the ten courses included in the Wonderlic Soft Skills Training Program. These ten, one-hour eLearning courses, and professionally developed competency-based assessment, teach and verify mastery of ten crucial soft skills that are critical to workplace success.
In this course, students learn that finding the truth and avoiding the pitfalls of opinion and rhetorical manipulation will help them become a more effective problem solver.
Subject Areas Covered Include:
Administration: Online and Self-Paced
Time: Approximately 50 Minutes
Critical Thinking Skills are fundamental to the problem solving process. Critical thinking helps employees determine what is true as opposed to opinions or manipulative rhetoric. The course teaches students to distinguish sound arguments from weak arguments, exaggeration from fact, and critically evaluate others’ statements.
Critical thinkers understand that opinions are often given without factual support. For each conclusion, they consider the type of premises used to support an argument. If the premises prove the conclusion with direct support or facts, the argument is based upon deductive reasoning. If the facts presented as premises only support the conclusion, then the argument uses inductive reasoning, and the strength of the premises must be evaluated.
The final section of the training addresses fallacies, or misleading information, in three categories, including information quality, rhetoric and psychological or emotional manipulation. Students are taught to consider the source or evaluate the quality of the source in order to identify fallacies. They also learn about language tricks, such as proof surrogates, hyperbole, euphemisms, loaded questions, and emotional tactics.
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