On the Job: Essential Skill of Thinking (2006)

People coming from different cultures and school systems have developed different ways of thinking and processing information. In some cultures significant use of memory is stressed more than in others. Decision making is discouraged in cultures where a top-down management style is favoured. In other countries secretaries still manage timetables and schedules with the result that some managers have not developed job task planning skills.

Multitasking (managing more than one project or set of deadlines at the same time) is not a universal concept. In countries where the government does not support freedom of information, using skills for finding information and then critiquing that information can be punishable by law. In other cases, schools are not encouraged to help students develop strong thinking skills. As with some of the other Essential Skills, Thinking Skills are never done in isolation.

To solve problems or make decisions, a worker needs to draw on other Essential Skills which might include Reading Text, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Skills and Oral communication. For all of these reasons, conscious instruction in Thinking Skills belongs in the ESL classroom.

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Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB). On the Job: Essential Skill of Thinking 2006. Web. 4 Dec. 2022 <http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/cclb/thinking/thinking.pdf>
Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) (2006). On the Job: Essential Skill of Thinking. Retrieved December 4, 2022, from http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/cclb/thinking/thinking.pdf
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