John O'Sullivan
Ciaran McNally
Aoife Ahern
Jan Elen
Dragos Bigu
Daniela Dumitr



21st century qualitative research professional development higher education labor market needs focus groups critical thinking thinking skills

A European collection of the Critical Thinking skills and dispositions needed in different professional fields for the 21st century (2018)

Abstract Within the scope of the project CRITHINKEDU, this report provides an overall analysis of the understanding of Critical Thinking (CT) by employers and establishes similarities and differences in its expression, need and practical application at the workplace. Adopting a qualitative research methodology, 32 focus groups were conducted enrolling 189 professionals from 9 European countries. The focus groups comprised graduates from 4 different professional fields, namely Biomedical Sciences, STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Social Sciences and the Humanities. Based on the Facione’ theoretical framework (Facione, 1990), key findings are in line with previous studies (Jones, 2009; Jones, 2010; Grace & Orrock, 2015; Sin, Jones & Wang, 2015), suggesting that CT is widely understood and interpreted as a set of interdependent skills and dispositions that are unquestionably needed in recent graduates. This is due to today’s labour market and societal demands, although with slight differences in their practical application that tend to vary across professional fields.
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Full list of authors on original publication

John O'Sullivan, Ciaran McNally, Aoife Ahern, Jan Elen, Dragos Bigu, Daniela Dumitr

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John O'Sullivan
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 46
Ciaran McNally
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 38
Aoife Ahern
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 26