Productive Thinking Skills

Prof. Dr. Taisir Subhi Yamin

The workshop will cover: the holistic approach to assessing organizational performance; the organization within its context, its environment, organization and its surrounding environment; the eight components of organizational capacity; the forces that drive organizations to excel; exploring methodological issues involved in carrying out organizational assessments, and emphasizes the importance of assessment to an organization and to those who have stakes in it; the issues surrounding implementation of organizational assessment, and looks at how lessons learned can lead to improved organizational performance; and providing participants with a framework for effective and rapid organizational assessment.

Taisir Subhi Yamin is a professor of gifted education. He has a B.Sc. in Physics, an M.A. in Special Education, and a Ph.D. in Gifted Education and Computer Assisted Learning from Lancaster University in England. He is the recipient of academic prizes and fellowships from Jordan, England, and the U.S.A. including a Fulbright Award (1996), and the British Council scholarship. Prof. Yamin is active in the field of science popularization, and has written 16 books, a large number of articles, chapters in edited books, and research papers. In addition, he has developed a number of training packages to develop productive thinking skills (Creative thinking, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and future problem solving). He is an active member of an impressive list of academic institutions including: the British Educational Research Association (BERA), the European Council for High Ability (ECHA), Bahrain Association for the Gifted and Talented; President, Jordanian Association of Physicists, the National Committee for Gifted Education; Founder, the Qatari Centre for the Gifted and Talented. He is also the National Chancellor and Vice President of the International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP). He was a delegate of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC) for about ten years. In 2002 he was elected as a member of the executive committee of the WCGTC. Professor Yamin was involved in developing UAE project for the gifted and talented in Ulm University. In addition, he has established, in cooperation with Todd Lubart and Sandra Linke, the International Centre for Innovation in Education (ICIE). The ICIE has seven branches in: France, Germany, Sweden, Turkey, Canada, Kenya, and Jordan. In 2005 he was named editor-in-chief of Gifted and Talented International. In March 2009, he was elected as the President of the WCGTC for the coming four years.