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Diagrams, mind-maps, tables, graphs, time lines, flow charts, sequence diagrams, decision trees: all can be used to organise thought. This free course, Extending and developing your thinking skills, will introduce you to a variety of thinking skills. Asking and answering questions is at the heart of high-quality thinking. Questions naturally arise from the desire to know and learn about things and may be the starting point for a journey of understanding.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- feel more confident about studying
- understand any grades received and how to improve them
- overcome problems with reading and writing
- make the most of the opportunities a higher education course provides for developing skills
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Overview
- 2 Understanding the importance of thinking skills
- 3 Different kinds of thinking
- 4 A thinking disposition and the process of development
- 5 Other people
- 6 Questions
- 7 Giving structure to thinking
- 8 Analysis, argument and critical thinking
- 9 Putting it all together
- Keep on learning
- Further reading
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Enrol to access the full course, get recognition for the skills you learn, track your progress and on completion gain a statement of participation to demonstrate your learning to others. Make your learning visible!
Extending and developing your thinking skills
This course is designed to take you on a journey of understanding. You will be introduced to a variety of thinking skills and ways of extending and developing your thinking. You will begin by looking at why thinking skills are important in education, and what kinds of skills are valued. You will then move on to some practical strategies and ideas for further activities and reading.
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Originally published: Friday, 11th March 2016
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