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The Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0063| July 23, 2002
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Self-Mastery
Skill

Critical Thinking Skill-Building for Facilitators--Metacognition

 Critical thinking skills are crucial for facilitators and their clients.


The Point

Critical thinking skills are necessary for mastery of facilitation, yet few of us learn exactly what constitutes critical thinking and how it can be improved. Critical thinking skills can improve every facet of your life. We will be presenting a series of articles on this subject to provide you with the tools to understand and apply specific strategies to improve critical thinking.

First Tool: Metacognition

Do you know how you think? Do you know what errors of thought you make because of your personal abilities, habits, conditioning and beliefs? Metacognition is reflection about yourself in relation to your thinking processes, followed by self-control and self-correction based on what you learn from these reflections. Do you know the strengths and weaknesses in your thinking? Do you know what errors of thought you make because of your conditioning and beliefs? The tool of metacognition can change the way you think and make you into a more reflective, self-aware, disciplined professional. It can help you express yourself with clarity, help you influence others, and increase your confidence when you decide to take a position on a subject.

Example

How do you Improve Your Metacognition Skills?

- Identify what you know and what you don't know.
- Commit to learn about yourself in order to understand how your abilities, feelings and/or preferences might interfere in clear thinking
- Develop thinking strategies
- Ongoing effort!

In the context of facilitation, becoming a "meta-thinker" can help you better understand what is occurring in the group process. You will be able to recognize errors in critical and creative thinking and help teams move toward creative solutions that are based in logic and reason - solutions that are more likely to work in the practical world. "Meta-thinking" can help you better facilitate group consensus by increasing your powers of observation in the world of expressed thought. The fact you will be able to see errors in thinking in the group process will allow you to guide the group members out of traps of illogic and unreasonableness. 

To begin improving your thinking, invest in a journal. Start out by observing your thinking daily and writing down your observations at the end of the day. Observe others and how they express their thinking. Write these observations down, too. In the next weeks you will learn more about what to look for, obstacles to good thinking, errors in thinking and ways to improve your thinking both in and out of the box.

Stay tuned to learn how to become a meta-thinker!

About the Author

Deborah Osborne is a consultant, a crime analyst, a poet, and a book author. She has a BA in psychology, worked eight years in applied behavioral analysis, and also holds an MA in Social Policy. She is available to assist you in becoming a better thinker through personal coaching - write to her at daosborne@aol.com for more information about consulting and/or coaching services.


Action

This week, at the end of each day, reflect on the theme of your  thinking or behavioral that emerged and record it in your journal. Do this every day this week and at the end of the week, examine any assumptions or patterns of thinking that are present. Decide on an action you'd like to take to either correct it or amplify it. I'd love to hear you're experiences. Please email me your comments.


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