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Success depends on the ability to think critically. Training and practice turn this ability into a powerful skill. Becoming a Critical Thinker gives students the opportunity to develop this skill in a classroom environment while stressing its application to daily life. Students learn to solve everyday problems, maintain successful relationships, make career choices, and interpret the messages of advertising in a variety of media. Exercises throughout the text encourage them to practice what they read and to apply it to their own lives. Becoming a Critical Thinker breaks up critical thinking into a series of cumulative activities, a unique approach that has made this text a staple of many critical thinking courses.
Table of Contents
|Strategies for Effective Learning Planning your days Dealing with frustrations Handling unpleasant or complex tasks Take charge of your mind Studying efficiently Understanding what you read Keeping a journal Building good habits|
|Fundamentals of Thinking What is intelligence|
|What is thinking|
|Key principles of thinking Identifying facts and opinions Checking facts and testing opinions Evaluating evidence Dare to change your mind A comprehensive thinking strategy|
|Persuasive Communication What is persuasion|
|How is persuasion achieved|
|Strategy for persuasive writing Overcoming errors in grammar Overcoming errors in usage Strategy for persuasive speaking Strategy for group discussion|
|Becoming an Individual What is individuality|
|Understanding attitudes Four empowering attitudes Recognizing manipulation Resisting manipulation Habits for individuality|
|Evaluating Arguments What is an argument|
|Conducting library research Conducting Internet research Conducting an interview Avoiding plagiarism Revisiting evidence Evaluating complex arguments A caution about bias|
|Recognizing Errors in Thinking Three kinds of errors Errors of perception Errors of judgment Errors can multiply|
|Applying Your Thinking Skills|
|Thinking critically about everyday problems|
|Thinking critically about relationships|
|Thinking critically about careers|
|Thinking critically about ethical judgments|
|Thinking critically about commercials|
|Thinking critically about print advertising|
|Thinking critically about the Internet|
|Thinking critically about television programming|
|Thinking critically about movies|
|Thinking critically about music|
|Thinking critically about magazines|
|Thinking critically about newspapers|
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