Becoming A Critical Thinker

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-06-09
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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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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