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(Online) Engaging Your Critical Thinking Skills (Optional Day)

March 5, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

| $150



Critical thinking is a learnable skill that will develop your ability to question assumptions, build constructive arguments, solve problems and negotiate positive relationships. In today’s world of informational overload, it is also a powerful way to increase your capacity for effective, directed action. Employers note that critical thinking is a necessary skill for employees to successfully bridge the gap between technical information and customer needs in all sectors, currently lacking in up to 40% of new hires.*

This online professional development workshop includes two meetings where we will learn and practice every aspect of critical thinking in a fun and supportive atmosphere. The two main aspects of critical thinking are covered in detail, first the perceptual aspect of critical thinking, followed by the rational aspect in the second class. There will be some optional practice activities provided between classes to sharpen your skills. The material is cumulative, meaning that the new material in the second session builds on what is learned in the first, leading to a full understanding and toolkit for application in nearly any situation. A third, optional meeting is offered as a bonus practice session at the end of the course, but no new material will be introduced at that time.

Critical thinking can improve your ability to make decisions, solve problems, advocate for a cause and communicate more effectively in your personal and professional relationships. All you need is an open mind, your natural curiosity and a willingness to step back and reflect.

This program is being offered by the UMaine Hutchinson Center and the UMaine Business School.

 *New study: 42 percent of U.S. managers think robotics, automation will be job-killers. (2018, Jul 17). The Public Record, 42, 2.                                           


Winter 2021 Session:
Friday, February 19 & Friday, February 26, 2021
9 a.m.–1 p.m. ET

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