Critical Thinking

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"Critical thinking skills are becoming and increasingly important component of management education, as well as at various levels of higher education" (Schumm, 2006). Information has become easily attainable for just about anyone who has access to the internet, the problem occurs in finding personal who know what information is needed and how to put that information to use once found. Critical thinking is a skill that can be taught. For that reason organizations such as Intel how look for employees with the good problem solving skills linked to critical thinking. What is critical thinking and how can it be useful?There is not one accepted definition of what critical thinking is, but many experts do agree on some of the elements included. The educators of the U.S. military say critical thinking involves "reflecting upon thought-provoking ideas and concepts; (2) actively generation hypotheses about those ideas and concepts, preferably in a way that has personal relevance: and (3) gathering pertinent information in an effort to confirm or disconfirm the hypotheses" (Dike, 2006).

While Richard Paul author of Critical Thinking Tool for Taking Charge of Your Learning and Your Life describes critical thinking as "the art of thinking about thinking while thinking in order to mare thinking better. It involves three interwoven phases: it analyzes thinking, it evaluates thinking, it improves thinking."The military service men and woman of today are as a whole smarter then ever before. The military ahs been put onto action around the world in ever-changing situations, can has continued to succeed. One major reason for this is the after actions review. After all training as well as live missions military personal get together to go over the objectives and discuss what portions of the mission when well and what parts of the did not go as planed. During...