CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS: DEVELOPING EFFECTIVE ANALYSIS AND ARGUMENT
2ND REVISED EDITION
11 MAY 2011
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.
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.