Profiling and Maximizing Critical Thinking Readiness in the Workforce

F.C. Feucht
Thinking Habitats,
United States

Keywords: critical thinking, psychometrics, assessment tool, workforce readiness, decision making, problem solving, artificial intelligence, cognitive performance

Summary:

Critical thinking is a pivotal competence for workforce readiness. Making accurate, fast, and data-driven decisions that lead to solutions of day-to-day workplace problems and long-term action plans is at the core of the economic value of a workforce. It guarantees early return on investment, increased productivity, safeguards mission effectiveness, improves retention rates, and ensures cost savings in the long run. In our experimental intervention research and longitudinal studies, Thinking Habitats developed a psychometric tool to profile the critical thinking readiness of new recruits/ employees/ leaders in the workplace, which encompasses three variables: 1) appreciation for critical thinking (motivation), 2) approach to critical thinking (type), and 3) ability of critical thinking (competence). Our research demonstrates that all three variables impact the speed and accuracy of applied critical thinking processes and outcomes and are malleable using different intervention methods. Currently, we explore the use of critical thinking profiles and performance data as artificial intelligence (AI) to maximize the learning/ performance curve of individuals in digital training environments. Because more than 30% of college and high school students are not readily prepared to engage in higher-order thinking at work, governmental organizations and large corporations have a genuine interest in adopting cutting-edge technology to unlock the brainpower of a new generation workforce - its critical thinking readiness.