Decision makers are able to choose a course of action from a set of alternatives, having carefully evaluated the pre-requisites and consequences of each.
A key goal of education is to develop graduates to become effective decision makers both personally and professionally. A capacity to critically evaluate knowledge, actions and self are critical to become a professional in the twenty first century. Students must learn the cognitive and affective processes involved in making decision and taking action while developing awareness of and responsibility for the potential impact of their decisions. In order to be good decision makers students need be able to develop excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills as well as a capacity to self regulate and reflect (emotional intelligence).
Some case study ideas linking skills development to specific learning outcomes are provided below.