The Critical Thinking Initiative

Online Training

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them” ― Albert Einstein

The CTI’s Online Course for Teens and College Students: Level 1

This Level 1 course teaches the neurobiological foundations for thinking critically about any subject, in any context.

  • The three essential rules to follow in becoming a critical thinker (and why most people fail to observe them)
  • Critical thinking’s root in the brain’s inherent survival mechanisms
  • How to apply the brain’s inherent mechanisms to academic and real-world contexts
  • The CTI’s specific five-step process for thinking critically
  • How to use the CTI method for reading and discussion
  • A guided writing experience using that uses the CTI method to construct an essay showcasing critical thinking

TCTI customizes our unique, research-based system for critical thinking to the needs of your organization. Our neuro-biological method and expert instructional methods deliver pragmatic applications of critical thinking that you can begin applying to your organization immediately. Whether short-term or long-term, corporate or academic, we can meet your needs with one-time workshops or deeper, long-term integration into your strategic plan.

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CTI offers a wide range of critical thinking consulting services ranging from presentations on critical thinking, to short-term training sessions, to the long-term integration of unique critical thinking skills to meet and improve strategic plan outcomes. Our training builds a substrate across your executive and managerial corps that empowers all of your personnel not just with a common means and language for thinking critically, but with the means of assessing decisions, solutions, and corporate communications. Our methods improve individuals, teams, written communications, presentations, problem identification, and problem solving.

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TCTI has developed and taught one of the country’s few year-long courses for faculty members that maintained a specific focus on how to teach critical thinking. Undergraduate and graduate faculty from across the disciplines—business, English, biology, education, pharmacy, philosophy, history, psychology, religious studies, human development, family studies, social work, nursing, chemistry, nutrition, etc.—learned the research-supported best practices for infusing critical thinking into coursework. This included assignment design, in-person and online pedagogy, writing and reading development, and outcomes assessment, and emphasized student-centered pedagogies such as problem-based learning, situated learning, mastery learning, collaborative learning, peer assessment, backwards design, and educational neuroscience.

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