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Professional Curiosity and Critical Thinking Skills for assessments

Good quality assessments are fundamental to protecting children and supporting families. We need to be able to gather information, make sense of it and use it to create effective plans. This requires us to utilise a range of questioning and thinking skills for different purposes.

Our 2 half day interactive group session course for professionals working with children and families, will explore, through presentations, discussions and case studies a range of thinking skills to  enhance decision-making. We will examine:

Session 1

  • Different thinking styles and their application to practice
  • The need to be more curios - how and when
  • Recognising and reducing bias and error
  • Tools to guide a range of practice decisions 

Session 2

  • Critical thinking skills in practice – dealing with grey areas; assumptions and dilemmas
  • The top 5 questions for all assessments- including the need to develop and test hypothesis
  • Writing reports and using the most suitable language

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