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ERIC Number: EJ1097114
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1941-3394
Improving Students' Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Communication Skills
Geissler, Gary L.; Edison, Steve W.; Wayland, Jane P.
Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, v8 Jul 2012
Business professors continue to face the challenge of truly preparing their students for the workplace. College students often lack skills that are valued by employers, such as critical thinking, creativity, communication, conflict resolution, and teamwork skills. Traditional classroom methods, such as lectures, may fail to produce adequate student participation and skill development. More innovative methods, like client-based, classroom projects, are yielding more favorable results in these areas. To better prepare students for the business world, the authors have successfully adapted the Six Thinking Hats® system in several marketing courses. In essence, the authors have developed and utilize an interactive thinking and discussion game based on this system. Students learn to view ideas, problems, and case situations from many different perspectives. Not only does this technique help to develop the above-mentioned skills, but also it aids in ensuring more balanced discussions, greater empathy, and increased cooperation. An online survey was conducted among students who used this adaptation of the Six Thinking Hats® system in various courses. Key results indicate that respondents found the technique to be easy to use and interesting, as well as helpful in facilitating creative discussions, understanding other perspectives, and providing a specific focus when addressing a topic. After using this technique, most respondents felt that they would likely increase their future class participation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas
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