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Revised definition for Thinking

HRSDC's ORIGINALLY PROPOSED DEFINITION

Thinking skills involve mental processes used in cognitive functions that enable people to make meaning from, and create with, information: solving problems, making decisions, critical thinking, planning and organizing job tasks, using a significant amount of memory, and finding, synthesizing and analyzing information.

In the workplace, the various functions of thinking skills are applied to most tasks. Some examples include looking for details in a report, planning and coordinating activities such as meetings, recommending actions to be taken, and interpreting the results of a study."

NEW PROPOSED DEFINITION

Thinking skills are the knowledge and skills needed to solve problems, make decisions, think critically, plan, remember things that are important and find information.

At work, people need thinking skills to figure out how to reduce costs (problem solving), decide who to hire (decision making), evaluate the safety of a job site (critical thinking), remember important steps to follow (significant use of memory), and find all the information needed to accurately estimate the cost of a project (find information), etc.

Submitted by mherzog 2 years ago

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  1. Significant use of memory is not measureable - including it weakens the ES framework

    no reference to work, learning and life (WLL) - not sure how to address this in an ES-specific definition but it would be important for the reader to understand that this is the case, particularly given that we are explaining in the following sentence(s) how the ES is used in the workplace

    2 years ago
  2. It is getting there. The high ground is to reference the cognitive domains. Two points--resequence the list of domains to lead off with the heavy hitters, solve problems, think critically. Second point--your reference to memory is not accurate. The Significant Use of Memory domain is not about remembering things that are important. It is a question of what constitutes significance and the parameters have been defined as purposeful memorization required by the job (e.g., memorizing codes) or memory linked to job performance, efficiency and/or productivity. The proposed defintion and the explanation in the next paragraph needs to be corrected. Remembering important steps to follow does not constitute Significant Use of Memory--Dr. Mair was very specific about this.

    2 years ago
  3. We feel there is still some work to be done in the area of what a thinking skill is and what measurement scales exist. We like this much better than the first definition. Suggestion - provide workplace examples that are more commonly found in all jobs for example - people need thinking skills to address customer complaints (problem solving), decide who to hire (decision making), evaluate the safety of a job site4 (critically thinking, ...

    2 years ago
  4. mherzog Idea Submitter

    NTERIM DEFINITION

    Thinking is the knowledge and skills needed to solve problems, think critically, make decisions, plan, memorize and find information.

    At work, people need thinking skills to figure out how to reduce costs (problem solving), evaluate the safety of a job site (critical thinking), decide who to hire (decision making), memorize passwords (significant use of memory), and find the information needed to accurately estimate the cost of a project (find information), etc.

    2 years ago