January 25, 2013
Montgomery Beyer Critical Thinking Applications Paper
Thinking is defined by the text as, “the activity of the brain that can potentially be communicated” (Kirby & Goodpastor, 2006). Critical thinking is defined as, “ the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action” (The Critical Thinking Community, 2011) . For the purpose of the assignment, we will discuss the utilization of critical thinking in a work-related decision and the importance and benefits of critical thinking in the decision-making process.
Decision making involves six steps that include defining the problem, develop alternatives, evaluate the alternatives, make the decision, implement the solution, and monitor the solution (Deepa, 2012). Defining the problem involves figuring out what the problem is that needs correction for whatever reason. Developing alternatives involves finding different ways to deal with the problem. Evaluating the alternatives involves taking the alternative solution and breaking it down to ensure how effective it is. Making the decision involves choosing the best alternative to the problem. Implementing the solution involves actually placing the solution into play. The following step is a very important step in decision making because this is the part where you have to follow the solution chosen to ensure that it is actually a great fit.
As an emergency dispatcher critical thinking and decision making is very important in every day on the job. It is the essential skills necessary to properly assist the community in need of emergency assistance. Recently on the job my ability to decision make and think
References: Deepa, K. (2012, March). 6 Steps to Decision-Making Process. Retrieved from http://www.buzzle.com/articles/6-steps-to-decision-making-process.html The Critical Thinking Community. (2011, January). Defining Critical Thinking. Retrieved from http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/defining-critical-thinking/766 Kirby, G., & Goodpastor, J. (2006). Thinking (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Peason:Prentice Hall.