Critical Thinking Worksheet

Chose one of the following scenarios:

? You are a member of a group working on a class project. The group members are enthusiastic about the project and arrange a meeting time to begin planning. You forget to mark your calendar and miss the meeting. The group posts a summary of the meeting with assignments and deadlines for the project. You apologize to the group and agree to complete the topic research for the project. You realize you have a paper due in another course on the same day your research is due and concentrate most of your time on your individual assignment. The paper takes longer than you thought, and you are unable to conduct research for the group project by the deadline. You feel bad about this and do not respond to inquiries from group members. You post a message to the group explaining you are having computer problems. The group expresses their empathy and proceeds without you, completing and submitting the project with your name included.

? A position opens in your department at work. You recommend to a coworker and friend in another department that she should apply. You previously consulted with this person on small projects, and she appears knowledgeable and responsible. In fact, you became friends through these work contacts. Your friend appreciates your recommendation and arranges a meeting to ask you more details about the work done by your department. The meeting is productive, and your friend takes notes to help with the application process. Your friend stops by your desk a few days later to thank you for your help, because the application was long and detailed. She confides that some of the information she included on the application is not entirely accurate. Some of her work experience did not match the job requirements and needed to be reworded for a better fit. Your friend thanks you again and says, ?I hope we?ll be working together soon!?

Write five questions to help you think through the situation and determine a course of action.

? Question 1: Could my job be in jeopardy if my boss finds out I knew about her giving false information on the job application?

? Question 2: What is at risk by her giving false information about her experience?

? Question 3: How would she feel if I told her giving false information on your job application is not a good idea?

? Question 4: What can go wrong, since she really does not have all the experience?

? Question 5: Can I really live with the results that come out?

Write a 100- to 150-word response to each of the following questions:

? Why did you choose these questions?
I chose these questions because I have been close to being put in a situation just like the second scenario. But the only difference about the situation is, we were not friends and I did not know the whole truth behind what it was she had given false information about. So I just kept quiet and let the head person and charge figure it out because I could of just made things worse by not knowing exactly what I was speaking on. When you are put in a situation as such, you should always look out for what is in best interest for you first but at the same time not make things turn out bad for the next individual.

? What process did you follow to come to your conclusion?
To come to my conclusion I think about what it the best option to try and make everybody satisfied. Most of us does not want to come off as the type who does not care about anybody else?s sake or feelings, but make sure we are good first off. Then from there it?s like everything else kind of falls in place. You can still look out for yourself by trying to do what is right, and not turn the scenario into something no one likes it to go, downhill. When stuck in a tough position, I ask ?What would I want the next person to handle the situation if it was me??

? How do you think your biases and emotions influenced your choices?
I am a pretty sensitive person but at the same time I never let someone make a fool out of me, especially if I know that they are trying to do so. On the other hand I know