Why integrate critical thinking into certificate programs?
The application of critical thinking skill is essential to success in certificate program coursework and in the workplace.
What are employers looking for when hiring? They want people who have the ability to apply gained knowledge in a wide variety of real world settings.
Certificate programs are designed to prepare graduates with technical skills required to perform necessary tasks in a specific field. However, that is only part of the training. Graduates must be willing and able to effectively apply those new skills to real-time situations. Problem-solving skills and technical knowledge must be supported by a thinking mindset that motivates those graduates to engage problems, troubleshoot and make good decisions.
Quality certificate programs integrate task performance with reasoning and problem solving. They develop skills in interpretation, analysis, inference, explanation, and evaluation which are core critical thinking skills. That is what learning to troubleshoot and to problem-solve is all about.
Building strong thinking in certificate programs
Strategic/well-designed assessment programs provide valuable objective data to validate program outcomes, assure candidate qualification to perform a job or task, or to inform student support and retention. Insight Assessment offers well-respected critical thinking skills and mindset test instruments calibrated for 2 year programs.
New Critical Thinking Professional Development Mini-Courses:
Mindset Boosters, Skill Builders, Deep Dives, and approved Continuing Education Unit Packs all focused on specific aspects of reasoning, decision-making, and leadership. 100% online. Available for individuals to purchase directly from our Store at Insight Basecamp, and to organizations for bulk rates. A person can strengthen their critical thinking in as little as one hour.