Critical Thinking: Effective Exploration of Alternative Solutions

Learning to think critically is one of the most valuable activities of adult life. In an era when unfiltered data pours in at an unprecedented rate, developing this essential skill as fully as possible is more important than ever. An increasingly complex world like ours presents increasingly complex problems. What worked in the past may no longer apply. To cope, we must increase our mental range and our ability to explore alternative solutions. 

This one-day course guides participants through an applied understanding of critical thinking in adult life. It offers practical approaches for developing thought processes and helps adult learners to think critically in different areas of their personal and professional lives.

  • Topics
  • Audience
  • Instructor
  • What it means to think critically

  • Recognizing critical thinking

  • Learning to think critically in adult life

  • How critical thinking helps to sustain healthy organizations and societies

  • Effective strategies for facilitating critical thinking

  • Helping others examine buried assumptions

  • Techniques for developing alternative ways of thinking

  • Using the workplace as a resource for thinking and learning

  • Analyzing issues and commitments

  • Encouraging active learning

  • Becoming a skilled facilitator of critical thinking

  • Risks and rewards of helping others to think critically

  • Anyone who is responsible for developing strategic plans and policies to address the goals and objectives of a business or organization. Appropriate for participants who are relatively new to the work world, as well as for seasoned staff who wish to improve or refresh their critical thinking skills.

Peter Norman Levesque, KSJ, MA, is a consultant, teacher and social entrepreneur based in Ottawa. He has over thirty years of experience working with the public, private and non-profit sectors on issues of innovation, strategy and knowledge sharing. His career has included success as an entrepreneur, a leader in creating research and knowledge mobilization programs and a founder of many non-profit organizations. He has served as deputy director of knowledge products and mobilization at SSHRC, knowledge exchange specialist at CHEO and chair of knowledge management at the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. He currently serves on several boards of non-profit organizations. When not teaching at the University of Ottawa, he serves as president of the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization and maintains a busy consulting practice. Peter is an experienced and sought after speaker, facilitator, and commentator on issues of education, research, knowledge and strategy.

This course is part of our Online Distance Learning Program 

Certain sessions of this course are now offered online via live video conferencing. Online session are indicated in parenthesis in the box below.

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