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June 2015

Improving Critical Thinking

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Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Improving Critical Thinking Seminar
Location: Best Western PLUS Chateau Granville (Georgia Room) 1100 Granville Street Vancouver, BC
*Parking $8.00 per day, must pay front desk for special parking rate.
Presenter: Janice Thomas, Ph.D. – Athabasca University
Credit: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $399.00 + GST = $418.95 until May 26, 2015

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $499.00 + GST = $523.95

Non-Member Price: $499.00 + GST = $523.95

Student Member Price: $249.50 + GST = $261.98
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by May 26, 2015 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
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Thinking critically is a mandatory skill in leading organizations. But in many of today's organizations we continuously run into situations where critical thinking is not happening. Often we hear that "we simply don't have time to think".

Engineering companies in particular employ a lot of intelligent, well-trained individuals and yet many decisions are made every day without the kind of critical assessment we would like to think is essential to good decisions. Research suggests that this is because critical thinking is not an innate skill but one that must be developed over time.
 
Participants in this workshop will take some time to really get to the heart of what critical thinking is. We will explore the capacity for critical thinking through a series of exercises. We will introduce and use tools to help us increase both our capacity to exercise critical thinking and to help others increase their skills.
 
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:
  • Distinguish automatic from manual thinking
  • Understand how to shift to Critical thinking
  • Practice tools to develop critical thinking
  • Ask questions (of yourself or others) to generate critical
  • thinking
  • Identify where you can apply critical thinking in your job and
  • to strategy
  • Create a next steps plan.
Seminar Outline
Introductions
  • What is Critical Thinking? 
  • How is it different from other forms of thinking? 
  • Why is it important to professional engineers?      
A Critical Thinking Model for Engineers based on:
  • Essential Intellectual Standards
  • Elements of Thought
  • Intellectual Traits/Virtues
  • Illustrated by questions Engineers should ask in their everyday work.
Tools and Techniques
  • Techniques to get clear on a problem
  • Guiding thinking to conclusions
  • Making good decisions
Using Critical Thinking to Influence, Persuade and Defend
  • Using Critical Thinking in teams
  • Leading People to Think
Next Steps and Action Plan
 
Instructor:
 
Janice Thomas, Ph.D. – Athabasca University
 
Dr. Janice Thomas is an internationally respected leader in the area of project management, and holds a PhD in Organizational Analysis from the University of Alberta. She is Professor of Project Management and Director of the Project Management Research Institute in the Faculty of Business at Athabasca University, Canada. Janice has 30 years of management, consulting, planning, research, and academic experience in both the public and private sector.
 
In 2006, she was recognized by PM as one of the 25 most influential women in project management. Janice co-led the $3 million, 48 academic strong team in Researching the Value of Project Management project that assessed the project management practices of 65 organizations world-wide and was completed in 2008. In 2010, Janice was awarded the Research Achievement Award by the Project Management Institute, which “recognizes and honors an individual who has significantly advanced the concepts, knowledge, and/or practices of project management through professionally conducted and authored project management research.” In December, the International Project Management Association Awarded Janice and her team the Research Award for 2014.

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