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Teaching EMTs the three key critical thinking skills

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In this episode of Inside EMS, co-hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson dive into critical thinking. They point out the need to teach EMT students how to make the leap from linear to critical thinking, and the key critical thinking skills needed to make decisions:

  1. Being curious: Asking the question why
  2. Reasoning
  3. Self-awareness

Memorable quotes from this episode

“Critical thinking is all about the discipline of being able to take in information to experience what’s happening, to have a good observation of what’s happening and to reason and make the best decisions that we can.”

“I think one of the hallmarks of intelligence is intellectual curiosity.”

“This is a missing component of critical thinking. Just because we’ve gotten some information doesn’t mean that information is acted on without good analysis.”

“When you can divorce yourself emotionally from the information that you’re processing, it makes it much easier to analyze.”

Together, they discuss:

  • Linear thinking vs. critical thinking
  • Taking emotions out of thinking
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Falling victim to confirmation bias
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