Critical Thinking Skills For Dummies

Critical Thinking Skills For Dummies

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Turbocharge your reasoning with Critical Thinking Just what are the ingredients of a great argument? What is the secret to communicating your ideas clearly and persuasively? And how do you see through sloppy thinking and flim-flam? If you ve ever asked any of these questions, then this book is for you! These days, strong critical thinking skills provide a vital foundation for academic success, and Critical Thinking Skills For Dummies offers a clear and unintimidating introduction to what can otherwise be a pretty complex topic. Inside, you'll get hands-on, lively, and fun exercises that you can put to work today to improve your arguments and pin down key issues. With this accessible and friendly guide, you'll get plain-English instruction on how to identify other people's assumptions, methodology, and conclusions, evaluate evidence, and interpret texts effectively. You'll also find tips and guidance on reading between the lines, assessing validity and even advice on when not to apply logic too rigidly!
Critical Thinking Skills for Dummies: * Provides tools and strategies from a range of disciplines great for developing your reflective thinking skills * Offers expert guidance on sound reasoning and textual analysis * Shows precisely how to use concept mapping and brainstorming to generate insights * Demonstrates how critical thinking skills is a proven path to success as a student Whether you're undertaking reviews, planning research projects or just keen to give your brain a workout, Critical Thinking Skills For Dummies equips you with everything you need to succeed.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 143 x 215 x 22mm | 480g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • illustrations
  • 111892472X
  • 9781118924723
  • 45,674

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Learn to: Identify other people's arguments and conclusions Interpret and produce your argument more effectively Read between the lines, see behind surfaces and identify false assumptions Apply critical thinking to assignments

Analyse, evaluate and apply information to create cohesive arguments

Have you ever received feedback suggesting you need to be more critical in your assignments? Written specifically for students, this friendly guide takes the intimidation out of the topic and provides hands-on, active instruction and exercises to help you apply critical thinking in your academic work to achieve higher grades. Have a think -- grasp the science and sociology behind thinking and find out how to assess your thinking sills Put the pieces together -- find out how critical thinking is like solving puzzles Your critical thinking toolbox -- use mind maps, concept flow charts, dump lists, meta-thinking, virtues and vices and triangulation Put it to practice -- apply critical thinking to reading, writing, speaking and listening Smoke and mirrors -- separate fact from opinion, know a writer's (or speaker's) position and utilise sound source checking

Open the book and find: The who, where and when of thinking How to know your 'thinking habits' Why you should beware of being too critical The logic of real arguments How to be a rational animal Unsound argument tactics to avoid Lots of exercises to help you master your skills
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Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Critical Thinking Skills 7 Chapter 1: Entering the Exciting World of Critical Thinking 9 Chapter 2: Peering into the Mind: How People Think 21 Chapter 3: Planting Ideas in Your Head: The Sociology of Thinking 41 Chapter 4: Assessing Your Thinking Skills 65 Part II: Developing Your Critical Thinking Skills 91 Chapter 5: Critical Thinking Is Like ... Solving Puzzles: Reasoning by Analogy 93 Chapter 6: Thinking in Circles: The Power of Recursion 113 Chapter 7: Drawing on Graphical (and Other) Tools for Thinking 133 Chapter 8: Constructing Knowledge: Information Hierarchies 159 Part III: Applying Critical Thinking in Practice 175 Chapter 9: Getting to the Heart of the (Reading) Matter 177 Chapter 10: Cultivating Your Critical Writing Skills 199 Chapter 11: Speaking and Listening Critically: Effective Learning 217 Part IV: Reason and Argument 235 Chapter 12: Unlocking the Logic of Real Arguments 237 Chapter 13: Behaving Like a Rational Animal 259 Chapter 14: Using Words to Persuade: The Art of Rhetoric 275 Chapter 15: Presenting Evidence and Justifying Opinions 293 Part V: The Part of Tens 317 Chapter 16: Ten Logical Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them 319 Chapter 17: Ten Arguments that Changed the World 327 Index 339
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About M Cohen

Martin Cohen is a philosopher, editor and reviewer. His first book, 101 Philosophy Problems, has been published in a dozen languages and is now in its fourth edition.
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