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Diane F. Halpern & Patrick Williams

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 51: Critical Thinking

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Critical Thinking
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 ...

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