Critical Thinking Skills: Effective Analysis, Argument and Reflection

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Macmillan International Higher Education, Jan 1, 2017 - Critical thinking - 309 pages
Ideal for students who are mystified by lecturer comments such as 'more analysis needed', this title takes the art of analysis and breaks it down into easy-to-understand blocks, with clear explanations, good examples, and plenty of activities to develop understanding at each stage. Written by internationally renowned author Stella Cottrell, this is an essential resource for students looking to refine their thinking, reading and writing skills. Stella Cottrell's student-centred approach demystifies critical thinking and breaks down a complex subject into manageable chunks. With clear explanations, relevant examples and plenty of exercises throughout, this book helps students to develop their analytical reasoning skills and apply them to a range of tasks including reading, note-making and writing. This text will turn even the most hesitant student into a proficient critical thinker. This is an ideal companion for students of study skills, humanities, social sciences, business and arts programmes, where assessment includes essay and report writing. It is suitable for students of all levels.
 

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Contents

What is critical thinking?
1
Personal strategies for critical thinking
7
Knowledge skills and attitudes
13
Scoring Sheet
22
Categorising text
28
The authors position
34
Identifying simple arguments
40
How well do they say it?
57
Critical reading and notemaking
129
Critical analytical writing
147
Words used to introduce the line of reasoning
153
Drawing tentative conclusions 1 59
159
The body of the essay
165
Wheres the analysis?
171
Checklist for evaluating Essay 2
178
Evaluating your writing for critical thinking
184

Independent reasons and joint reasons
63
Summative and logical conclusions
69
Identify the underlying assumptions
75
Implicit arguments
81
vi
86
Identify the nature of the link
92
Deflection complicity and exclusion
98
Tautology two wrongs dont make a right
104
Literature searches
110
Relevant and irrelevant evidence
116
Controlling for variables
122
Critical reflection
187
Method and audience
193
Examples of phase 1 reflection
199
Applying reflection to professional practice
205
Critical thinking for your future
211
Texts for Activities in Chapters
229
Practice activities on longer texts
235
Selected search engines
274
Contents
295
Bibliography
303
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