Critical thinking and educational leadership

April Volume 71 Number 7 Writing: Years ago, fresh out of college and armed with a handful of new neckties and a head full of good intentions, I found myself teaching a course for college freshmen titled "Thinking and Writing. My task, and that of the other graduate students who taught the class, was to help students become better thinkers and writers so they could deal with the intellectual rigors of college.

Critical thinking and educational leadership

P21, AMA, and Canadian Management Centre Survey Not only did those executives and managers surveyed identify critical thinking as the single most important leader skill, but three quarters of them also believe that critical thinking will escalate in importance this year, next year and in the years to come.

The two top reasons underscoring that belief are the pace of change in business today and global expansion and competitiveness. Anecdotally, the message is the same.

Just yesterday, an executive recruiter contacted me for a candidate lead on a SVP Talent Management position recently vacated in global pharmaceutical. Upon reviewing the job profile, this is how the first bullet under the Essential Skills section read: Must demonstrate strong critical thinking skills taking an empirical, rational approach to problem solving to move the organization in a positive direction.

Ironically, however, research also shows that the preponderance of current and future leaders severely lack the critical thinking skills required to lead in the 21st century. How to Develop It Fortunately, for the world of business, and particularly for those organizations that challenge themselves everyday to be high-performing, critical thinking is a learned skill.

Developing the skill occurs over three steps: Critical thinking is an applied skill that needs to be developed in leaders at all levels in all organizations.

There is a perception among some that critical thinking is a challenging skill to develop.

Critical thinking and educational leadership

That perception is opinion-based and has no tangible evidence. It is learned most quickly when the 3-step model is taught in the context of real-world business challenges where learners are encouraged to experiment, reflect on potential solutions, and recommend new courses of action and adopt new behaviors based on increasingly deeper discovery and awareness.

How to Assess It Critical thinking skill is best assessed through the use of psychometric instruments employing either traditional multiple-choice items or open-ended prompts.

Critical thinking and educational leadership

Psychometric tests are practical, cost-effective, easy to use, and provide quick results. The Watson-Glaser is comprised of five sub-tests and assesses component critical thinking skills such as deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, drawing conclusions, eliminating bias, and evaluating arguments.

This assessment, and others like it, is used for talent acquisition, leadership development, career management, and succession management purposes. Leaders and other professionals with high scores on the Watson-Glaser assessment make business decisions that answer the right questions, solve the right problems, mitigate risk and improve productivity.

Critical thinking is the kind of thinking that makes desirable business outcomes more likely. If there ever was a time for clear, solution-centric thinking, this is it.

Is your organization creating an environment that allows leaders to feel free to ask questions? Are your leaders critical thinkers? What do you think?Educational Leadership, v43 n2 p Oct Proposes an expanded definition of critical thinking and discusses its components. Includes an outline of goals and objectives for a critical thinking curriculum.

Critical thinking, on the other hand, involves examining possibilities carefully, fairly, and constructively—focusing your thoughts and actions by organizing and analyzing possibilities, refining and developing the most promising possibilities, ranking or prioritizing options, and choosing certain options.

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Critical thinking has always been a prized attribute of leadership, but over the years, especially as business schools have emphasized quantitative skills over qualitative ones, critical thinking.

Educational Leadership, v42 n8 p May Reviews the research literature on critical thinking, touching on the nature of and need for critical thinking and ensuing action, relevant findings of psychological research, the context of thought, issues in test construction, the diagnosis of thinking problems, and the need for research into the.

Critical Thinking: More Than Test Scores This manuscript has been peer-reviewed, accepted, and endorsed by the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) as a significant contribution to the scholarship and practice of.

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