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Critical Thinking is convergent or “judgmental” thinking, where the mind discovers a common attribute, expressed as a word or phrase, which is shared by more than one idea or concept in the population of ideas being considered. These emerging attributes describe the “glue” that connects the associated ideas. Put another way, the associated ideas are “judged” to belong to a particular class or category, described by a new idea representing a shared attribute. VIS-IT Techniques support and direct critical thinking in the following ways:
  • Focus thinking with explicit “Focus Questions” that keep the activity on point.
  • Use highly visual tools, involving meaningful colors and shapes, to energize, reinforce and organize ideas.
  • Capture and build a comprehensive group memory.
  • Facilitate communication and follow-up.

VIS-IT Techniques stimulate critical thinking in groups by inviting the participants to consider a population of two or more ideas and, then, to reach a consensus on the words that represent a significant attribute that is shared by more than one of the ideas. A good example of these techniques is the “Clustering” step of the Thinking with Hexagons technique. Critical Thinking activities must begin with a set of ideas that are to be evaluated. The idea generation step of the Thinking with Hexagons techniques, which involves divergent thinking – as in brainstorming – can be used to produce the original population of ideas.

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The VIS-IT™ Factor Analysis Matrix Technique
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The VIS-IT™ Factor Analysis Matrix Technique
The VIS-IT™ Options Evaluation Matrix Technique

The VIS-IT™ Options Evaluation Matrix Technique
The VIS-IT™ Paired Comparison Technique to Rank Priorities

The VIS-IT™ Paired Comparison Technique to Rank Priorities
The VIS-IT™ Nominal Group Technique to Rank Priorities

The VIS-IT™ Nominal Group Technique to Rank Priorities
The VIS-IT™ What if and if Technique
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The VIS-IT™ What if and if Technique
The VIS-IT™ First Meeting Guide for Thinking with Hexagons
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The VIS-IT™ First Meeting Guide for Thinking with Hexagons
The VIS-IT™ H.A.T.S. Technique
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The VIS-IT™ H.A.T.S. Technique
The VIS-IT™ Causal Drivers Diagram Technique

The VIS-IT™ Causal Drivers Diagram Technique
The VIS-IT™ Causal Loop Diagram Technique

The VIS-IT™ Causal Loop Diagram Technique
VIS-IT™ Small Project Task Pad
VIS-IT™ Small Project Task Pad 5x3 in. (50 sheets)
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Project Task Pads are designed for people who take on project leadership, management, or administration and are, thereby, accountable for identifying, planning, organizing, assigning, monitoring, or evaluating the several distinct “tasks” that must be accomplished in order for a project to be successful. The Small Project Task Pad includes 50 sheets and is intended for use by one or two people at a time.