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Decision Making

Make Decisions with Data

Decision Making Make Decisions with Data

Big Idea

Do you know how to make decisions? You make a decision whenever you consider alternatives and make a choice. The most important decisions often arise from complex topics and require the most careful consideration of alternatives. Critical thinking can help you evaluate alternatives and make important decisions about complex topics. Critical thinkers are effective decision makers because they consider different points of view with reason and fairness. Anyone can become an effective decision maker by learning key fundamental skills. Learn how to use critical thinking skills to make important decisions about complex topics.

In this module:

  • Learn to use critical thinking skills to make decisions
  • Learn how basic statistics can summarize survey data
  • Define an interesting and important decision around a complex topic
  • Gather accurate and reliable information from credible sources
  • Use graphic organizers to develop alternative choices for your decision

Activity 1: Thinking Skills >

Have you ever been asked to make an important decision? When a decision is complex, what you decide can be less important than how you decide. Critical thinking can help you make complex decisions. Learn to use critical thinking skills to make decisions. 

Activity 2: Survey Data >

What is data and how can you use it to make decisions? Data is information that has been collected by observation or measurement. Surveys are a formal way to collect data on people‚Äôs opinions. Learn how basic statistics can summarize survey data. 

Activity 3: Decision Definition >

What can you learn when you make a decision with data? You can use decision making to learn about almost anything that interests you. Defining a decision is a lot like choosing a topic for research. Define an interesting and important decision around a complex topic. 

Activity 4: Information Gathering >

How do you gather accurate and reliable information to help you make a decision? The best strategy is to take notes from a variety of credible sources. Effective notes capture all the information relevant to your topic. Gather accurate and reliable information from credible sources. 

Activity 5: Decision Alternatives >

How can you use information to make a decision? One effective strategy is to use graphic organizers to develop decision alternatives that are supported by accurate and reliable information. Use graphic organizers to develop alternative choices for your decision. 

Look Back >

Reflect on what you learned in this module. Are you ready to collect survey data to help you make your decision? Use the checklist to make sure your tasks are complete. Use the rubric to assess your decision definition and alternatives. Talk about what you learned and how you did your work.

Look Ahead

Checklist: Before you begin, review the checklist for this module. Use the checklist to make sure that you complete all the tasks for each activity. 

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Rubric: Before you begin, review the rubric for this module. Use the rubric to help you understand what is important to know and do. 

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