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It’s not that they couldn’t do the math, it’s just that they had no idea what math to do!

Numeracy is an essential 21st Century educational outcome, demonstrated in all fields in multiple ways.

To perform well in their work lives:

  • Business school grads must be able to follow financial arguments,
  • Health science grads must anticipate the effects of cumulative therapies,
  • Engineering grads must figure out the weight and stress tolerances of their designs
  • Social science grads must interpret survey data accurately
  • Liberal arts grads must evaluate the significance of quantitative information.

Anecdotes are not always representative of our society. Ideas are not true just because they are widely believed.  We know these things because of numeracy.

Numeracy is the application of critical thinking to quantitative information. 

  • People with strong numeracy skills can describe how quantitative information is represented textually, verbally, and visually in graphs, charts, tables and diagrams. They can put the numbers together correctly to draw inferences that are not only accurate, but truthful.
  • Strength in quantitative reasoning is required for personal, academic, workplace and professional success.

Whether your students are graduate, baccalaureate, associate, or K-12, to assess numeracy and critical thinking using a single assessment instrument , call us today.

Male teacher working with two students on a STEM project

It is not a new idea that educators must personally be strong thinkers to be effective teachers.

The best teachers are engaged in a life-long effort to improve their own thinking skills and mindset attributes, constantly attentive to how well they are recognizing and analyzing problems, how well they have resolved them, and where they may be unknowingly and habitually committing common reasoning errors.

Here are just a few of the way critical thinking is applied every day in the educational workplace:

  • identifying emergent concerns
  • evolving long term goals & plans
  • communicating effectively with colleagues
  • analyzing & explaining risks
  • implementing & evaluating initiatives
  • allocating resources
  • anticipating & preventing errors
  • identifying & assessing opportunities
  • using information systems
  • analyzing & resolving student issues
  • explaining policy & procedures
  • designing & evaluating departmental reports

The list goes on almost indefinitely, particularly in high-stakes workplace settings that require professionals to engage in unexpected problems and make time sensitive judgments. Poor judgments can lead to irreparable damage and even cost lives.  

There are few teachers who would fail to embrace critical thinking as an important learning outcome for their students. This is true because teachers daily experience the importance of using their critical thinking to achieve their own professionals and life goals. INSIGHT Educator Professional  is an assessment tool designed for use by program directors and managers to determine the strength of critical thinking skills and mindset in their employees or trainees.

INSIGHT Educator Professional is a full-service product. Assessments can be completed from a mobile device or computer. Talk with our staff about strategies for optimizing the value of one of our critical thinking assessments in your initiative to strengthen critical thinking.  

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