Texas Tech University

ProDev2019

Texas Tech Graduate School
Professional Development


Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

The act of questioning accepted standards by utilizing cognitive processes and intellectual developments to gain a superior solution or enlightenment concerning a particular subject. Essentially, critical thinking is learning what questions to ask, how to ask them and analyzing previous experience and knowledge to find a better solution.

  • Clarify concepts
  • Explore complex problems
  • Debate issues
  • Problem solving
Communication

Communication

The act of questioning accepted standards by utilizing cognitive processes and intellectual developments to gain a superior solution or enlightenment concerning a particular subject. Essentially, critical thinking is learning what questions to ask, how to ask them and analyzing previous experience and knowledge to find a better solution.

  • Concise
  • Engage
  • Intention
  • Fluency
Collab

Collaboration

A cross-functional group, working together towards a common goal. Each member contributes a unique set of skills, knowledge, and experiences to further the common goal of the group. Successful collaborations are founded on respect, open-mindedness and effective communication.

  • Organization
  • Multi-disciplinary
  • Joint dedication to common goal
  • Commonly understood vocabulary
  • Shared intent
  • Integration
Culture

Culture

The avenue in which our upbringing influences our perception of the world and the people within it. Art, music, landscape, dance, religion, literature, lifestyle and architecture all influence who we are and how we think. Embracing our own culture, as well as cultures outside our own, contribute to a well-rounded and mature insight.

  • Appreciate
  • Respect
  • Contribute
  • Clarify
  • Connect
Commitment

Commitment

The dedication to exert effort to achieve success in a self-approved cause. Whether committed to the goal by self-approval or appointment of another, it matters not. It is the self-approval and personal dedication that will commit oneself to achieving the goal. The magnitude of identification and significance strengthens resolve. There are various ways to commit, including mental, verbal & written commitments.

  • Intention
  • Implementation
  • Identification
  • Advocate
  • Endorse
Creativity

Creativity

Drawing from personal experiences and talents to bring something unique and intriguing into the world by utilizing the four stages of the creative process: preparation, incubation, illumination and verification. Often, the perceived value is based on the novelty and usefulness of the creation.

  • Perception
  • Incubation
  • Illumination
  • Verification