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The Critical Thinking Toolkit by Marlene CAROSELLI

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#11: Organizational Oxymorons

Overview:

There are two parts to this activity. Participants begin with easy, lighthearted oxymoronic expressions. Then, they are asked to amplify oxymorons in relation to the workplace, developing as they do so the awareness that the first step in learning is confusion.

Objective:

To expose participants to dialectical thought, requiring them to make sense (synthesis) of two seemingly contradictory viewpoints (thesis, antithesis).

Supplies:

• Worksheets #11-1 and #11-2

• Long table (optional)

Time:

Approximately 25 minutes

AdvancePreparation:

Make copies of both worksheets, one of each per participant. If flexible seating is possible, arrange for participants to sit together in groups of four. If a long ...

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