The relevance of the research problem is caused by necessity of a new understanding of the goals and values of modern education, key issues of which are a personality and a civil development. Therefore, the purpose of the study is to examine the detected discrepancy between the need for acquisition by teachers of the skills of critical thinking and the lack of their adequate training for the attainment of this goal at pedagogical universities of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The authors have taken as a basis the notion of emotional intelligence, criteria for assessing the level of its formation and areas of its application, proposed by P. Salovey. Using the methods of pedagogical literature analysis and generalization of teaching experience we have concluded that the knowledge of formal logic and the skill of identifying the validity of assumptions on which ratiocination is built are essential but not sufficient preconditions for thinking successfully. The conclusions may constitute the basis for developing a syllabus of a relevant subject at a university level. The submissions can be regarded as starting material in researching the topic of the development of personality of future teachers under conditions of forming civil society.
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