Active and Passive Critical Thinking

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Active and Passive Management Tools MGT 505 A Abstract In this paper, the subject to discuss is the increasing need for critical thinking in today’s business world and how business leaders believe that business schools need to teach critical thinking more than anything else. While this may be true, rather than waiting until business school, teaching critical thinking skills can begin at a young age by changing teaching methods from the more traditional passive model to a more active style. Active and Passive In today’s business world, critical thinking skills have become a “fundamental requirement” (Braun, 2004, p. 232) for competing in the global economy. However, some business leaders claim that there is a lack of these skills in today’s workplace. The consequence for the lack of critical thinking in decision making has been revealed through recent corporate scandals such as Enron (Braun, 2004, p. 232). To improve these skills, business leaders believe that more focus be made on teaching critical think in business schools over anything else (Braun, 2004, p. 232). While many professionals agree with this, I believe, rather than waiting until college, these skills and tools can be developed at a young age by shifting from the more traditional passive teaching methods to a more active teaching style. Traditionally, passive teaching has been the most common approach used by professors. This method usually involves professors delivering lectures to students with little to no opportunity for student input through “discussion or experiential exercises” (Michel, Cater, & Varela, 2009, p. 400). It is more commonly used in higher education because it requires “less student activity and engagement” (Guest, 2001, p. 315), allowing professors to “import” large amounts of knowledge and material to huge classes in a brief amount of time (Michel et al., 2009, p.
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