A European collection of the Critical Thinking skills and dispositions needed in different professional fields for the 21st century

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Title: A European collection of the Critical Thinking skills and dispositions needed in different professional fields for the 21st century
Authors: Dumitr, Daniela
Bigu, Dragos
Elen, Jan
Ahern, Aoife
McNally, Ciaran
O'Sullivan, John
et al.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9840
Date: Jan-2018
Online since: 2019-04-08T10:59:36Z
Abstract: Within the scope of the project CRITHINKEDU, this report provides an overall analysis of the understanding of Critical Thinking (CT) by employers and establishes similarities and differences in its expression, need and practical application at the workplace. Adopting a qualitative research methodology, 32 focus groups were conducted enrolling 189 professionals from 9 European countries. The focus groups comprised graduates from 4 different professional fields, namely Biomedical Sciences, STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Social Sciences and the Humanities. Based on the Facione’ theoretical framework (Facione, 1990), key findings are in line with previous studies (Jones, 2009; Jones, 2010; Grace & Orrock, 2015; Sin, Jones & Wang, 2015), suggesting that CT is widely understood and interpreted as a set of interdependent skills and dispositions that are unquestionably needed in recent graduates. This is due to today’s labour market and societal demands, although with slight differences in their practical application that tend to vary across professional fields.
Type of material: Technical Report
Publisher: UTAD
Keywords: Critical thinkingProfessional developmentHigher educationLabor market needs
Other versions: http://crithinkedu.utad.pt/en/crithinkedu/
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISBN: 978-989-704-256-0
Appears in Collections:Civil Engineering Research Collection

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