Virginia's CTE Resource Center - Workplace Readiness Skills

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.


Demonstration includes
  • recognizing, analyzing, and solving problems that arise in completing assigned tasks
  • identifying resources that may help solve a specific problem
  • using a logical approach to make decisions and solve problems.

Process/Skill Questions

  • What are some examples of problem-solving and decision-making methods, and how are they alike and different?
  • What are the consequences of using a reasoning approach to problem solving and decision making? What are some potential consequences of using a non-reasoning approach?
  • What steps are involved in implementing the solution to a problem?
  • Why do you need to test a solution or decision?

Related Standards of Learning

History and Social Science


The student will develop the social studies skills responsible citizenship requires, including the ability to

  1. examine and interpret primary and secondary source documents;
  2. create and explain maps, diagrams, tables, charts, graphs, and spreadsheets;
  3. analyze political cartoons, political advertisements, pictures, and other graphic media;
  4. distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information;
  5. review information for accuracy, separating fact from opinion;
  6. identify a problem, weigh the expected costs and benefits and possible consequences of proposed solutions, and recommend solutions, using a decision-making model;
  7. formulate an informed, carefully reasoned position on a community issue;
  8. select and defend positions in writing, discussion, and debate.


The student will demonstrate knowledge of personal character traits that facilitate thoughtful and effective participation in civic life by

  1. practicing trustworthiness and honesty;
  2. practicing courtesy and respect for the rights of others;
  3. practicing responsibility, accountability, and self-reliance;
  4. practicing respect for the law;
  5. practicing patriotism;
  6. practicing decision making;
  7. practicing service to the school and/or local community.

Other Related Standards

Instructional Resources for Workplace Readiness Skills

Explore More Guides to Critical Thinking: Problem-Solving Handouts and Worksheets

Exploring Systems Theory

Learning Mathematics through the Problem-Solving Process

Mind Tools: Decision-Making Techniques

Nevada WRS Online Resources: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Over 50 Problem-Solving Strategies Explained

P21’s Critical Thinking and Problem Solving List

PBS Invent It, Build It Activity Guide

Problem Solving

The Problem-Solving Process