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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.
Chapter 51: Critical Thinking
The National Center on Education and the Economy (2007) issued a report in which they envisioned the needs of the future workforce. They provide an educated prediction about how we will work and, as a consequence, how we will live during the next several decades. If you are embarking on your career or just planning on being alive for several more decades, it is important reading. The report, titled “Tough Choices or Tough Times,” depicts the prototypical industry in the next 10 years (if all goes well!) as resting on a base of routine work that is done by both people and machines, topped with creative work where critical thinking skills are essential. Some examples of high-level work, located at the peak ...