In fact you'll love the challenge and you'll reply with specifics and not ambiguous FUD.
One of the primary goals of an educator should be to help students develop the desire and ability to think on their own.
Independent thinking is the desire of a person to convince oneself that the information being presented is true or reasonable.
What Works" blog this morning and I like what you say about looking for the critical thinker. I am watching for: 1) what they come up with as a solution and 2) how they think The latter is perhaps even more important than the former.
But is also generated this very interesting question via email: I read your "Hiring? You'll see later why the reality of the problem is important.
During group discussions, the instructor can ask higher order questions instead of just direct recall or knowledge questions.
This encourages the students to think on their own about concepts.
No matter how many books they have read / written :) and how long and impressive the resume was. Can't be "pushed" too easily to change opinions. I have used the word amazing in this post a few times. Any favorite tips / best practices you have developed over the years? : Here are two of my favorite posts on this blog, and they are totally non web analytics related.
Frame a open ended real problem, wait for the answer, then push back politely. By pushing you a bit, very respectfully and in a very dignified non-challenging way, I am trying to assess your personality type. Can stand up and defend (it is amazing how many people fall at this). But here is the most amazing thing: even if you know precisely what I am going to do, above, it is nearly impossible for you to "prepare" for it. How did you identify the last fantastic employee you hired?
Dependant thinkers uncritically accept whatever they are taught and rarely question information or asking themselves if the information really make sense.
Independent thinkers feel the need to make sense of the world based on personal observations and experiences rather than just going along with the thoughts of others.