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CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS: DEVELOPING EFFECTIVE ANALYSIS AND ARGUMENT

PAPERBACK BY COTTRELL, STELLA

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9780230285293
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EDITION
2ND REVISED EDITION
PUBLISHER
PALGRAVE MACMILLAN
IMPRINT
PALGRAVE MACMILLAN
FORMAT
PAPERBACK
PAGES
296 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
11 MAY 2011

DESCRIPTION

The second edition of this leading guide helps students to develop reflective thinking skills, improve their critical analysis and construct arguments more effectively. Written by Stella Cottrell, leader in the field with over one million book sales to date, this text breaks down a complex subject into easily understood blocks, providing easy-to-follow, step-by-step explanations and practice activities to develop understanding and practise your skills at each stage. Essential for students who are mystified by tutor comments such as 'more critical analysis needed', this is an invaluable tool for anyone wishing to develop advanced skills in this area and learn to apply them to tasks such as reading, writing and note-taking.

CONTENTS

Introduction Glossary Acknowledgements What is Critical Thinking? How Well Do You Think? Develop Your Thinking Skills What's Their Point? Identifying Arguments Is it an Argument? Argument and Non-Argument How Well Do They Say It? Clarity, Consistency and Structure Reading Between the Lines: Recognising Underlying Assumptions and Implicit Arguments Does it Add Up? Identifying Flaws in the Argument Where's the Proof? Finding and Evaluating Sources of Evidence Critical Reading and Note-Making: Critical Selection, Interpretation and Noting of Source Material Critical, Analytical Writing: Critical Thinking When Writing Where's the Analysis? Evaluating Critical Writing Critical Reflection Texts for Activities Practice Activities on Longer Texts Appendix Bibliography Index