Developing skills for critical thinking in the process of security problem solving

Angelevski, Slavko and Hadji-Janev, Metodi and Popovski, Orce (2012) Developing skills for critical thinking in the process of security problem solving. International Scientific Conference - Security and Euroatlantic perspectives of the Balkans police science and police profession (states and perspectives), I. pp. 379-390. ISSN 978-608-4532-27-9

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Abstract

This elaboration discusses on the most important essential skill for Leaders in the security sector: critical thinking. It is hard to imagine a leader today, especially those who are involved in solving security issues, who does not think critically, or at least uses the concept in making decisions. Critical thinking leads to a greater certainty and confidence in an uncertain future. This skill helps us to simplify complex scenarios and brings clarity to the ambiguous situations. In essence, critical thinking is about learning how to think and how to judge and improve the quality of thinking. In the elaboration, we start with the definition of critical thinking and its philosophy, and we consider the purpose of the thinking and components of critical thinking with brief definitions of each of the categories in the elements of reasoning. Further, we consider the uses of critical thinking in the decision making process. Critical thinking is useful only in those situations where human beings need to solve problems, make decisions, or decide in a reasonable and reflective way what to believe or what to do. At the end, we discuss about the use of scientific methods in the security problem solving process, and we propose a model in which scientific methods are implemented on the base of operational researches, statistical analyses, mathematical and computer modeling, simulations, analytical reasoning, and common sense. This model can be implemented in the process of understanding and improvement of the conduction of some security operations.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Military Academy
Depositing User: Slavko Angelevski
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2015 10:39
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2015 14:13
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/12701

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