Increasing Achievement and Maintaining Success
Professional development and training is not generally a learner-centered environment; professionals are often introduced to new content/concepts, policies, or technology without engaging in the process of critically thinking about how these new initiatives affect and connect with their practice.
At inFOCUS, we believe that when an individual is engaged in critical thinking about their process of learning, they are empowered to take ownership over their learning.
Whether in the workplace or in everyday life, this type of thinking creates a sustainable, ongoing process that promotes metacognition. When professionals are metacognitive about their practice, they engage in a self-guided intellectual process to:
- Reflect on their beliefs, biases, assumptions, and thinking process, and analyze how these all shape their practice/performance
- Critically analyze their professional practice
- Monitor their current level of practice/performance and make adjustments to increase achievement and success
- Realize the importance of building their own theories
- Conceptualize problems and issues
- Recognize their own intellectual strengths and weaknesses
- Monitor their level of understanding and recognize when they need more information
Critical thinking and metacognition promote significantly elevated learning when compared to traditional forms of professional development and training. When professionals are actively engaged in their learning process, they take increased accountability for their individual achievement and monitor and adjust their practice to ensure success.