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Contents Introduction viii Activity: Capturing the author's position Glossary xii Argument: Persuasion through reasons Acknowledgements xiv Identifying the argument Activity: Identifying simple arguments 1 What is critical thinking? Activity: Reasons and conclusions Hunting out the conclusion Introduction Summary of features What is critical thinking? Summary Reasoning Information about the sources Why develop critical thinking skills?
Answers to activities in Chapter 3 Underlying skills and attitudes Self-awarenessfor accurate judgement 4 I s it an argument? Argument and Personal strategies for critical thinking non-argument Critical thinking in academic contexts Barriers to critical thinking Introduction Critical thinking: knowledge, skills and Argument and disagreement attitudes Activity: Argument and disagreement Priorities: developing critical thinking Non-arguments: Description abilities Non-arguments: Explanations and Summary summaries Activity: What type of message?
Distinguishing argument from other 2 How well do you think? Develop your thinking skills material Activity: Selecting out the argument Introduction Summary Assess your thinking skills Information about the sources Scoring Sheet Answers to activities in Chapter 4 Focusing attention Focusing attention: Identifying difference 5 How well do they say it? Clarity, Focusing attention: Recognising sequence consistency and structure Categorising Activity: Categorising text Introduction Close reading How clear is the author's position?
Information about the sources Internal consistency Answers to activities in Chapter 2 Activity: Internal consistency Logical consistency 3 What's their point?
Our most everyday activities how you interpret new situations and events; require us to make use of some of the basic skills what you write, say or present to other involved in critical thinking, such as: people. These skills are essential to those this doesn't mean we always do, or that we do it progressing to higher levels of academic study, well. This is to be expected, as we don't need to whether at advanced or degree level.
However, employ the same level of critical thinking for the underlying concepts are useful to anyone everything we do. We have to decide on how develop clearer thinking; much information is really required and what interpret and produce argument more level of doubt is acceptable for each new effectively; circumstance.
The levels and types of knowledge be more observant of what they see and hear. Similarly, they think. It is not intended to be an advanced critical thinking involves: study of abstract reasoning or logic.
For these, identifying correctly when we need to gain the reader is referred to works such as more information; A. Garnham and J. Oakhill , Thinking and selecting effectivelythe right type and level of Reasoning, and A.
Fisher , The Logic of Real information for the purpose. Rather, its purpose is to focus on the basics of clear thinking. Success in most professions requires good critical thinking skills. Academic study also requires increasingly sophisticated levels of critical For those new to critical thinking analysis at every level of study. It is possible to do all the activities no matter what your subject discipline or area of - these, and so you can apply them yourself as relevant; interest. The activities require you only to apply build confidence in your own ability to apply critical thinking to the material provided.
They draw on a range of different academic disciplines but are written in such a Students will find the book particularly useful in way that you do not need to be an expert in the developing the ability to: subject to understand the material. In real life, it is engage with the arguments used by both likely that you will need to identify arguments experts and their peers; and evaluate reasoning in much longer texts.
None of the passages in this book is reproduced from any other text. However, some draw on Activities in the book the writing of others for background information.
Where this is the case, details of Critical thinking is an activity. It isn't sufficient the original source are given at the end of the to read about it: it has to be practised.
The book chapter to enable you to follow up subjects that offers activities to apply the concepts it interest you. It may be that, after completing one or two of the activities that accompany a new concept, you find that aspect very easy. If so, move on to the Terminology: author and next aspect. However, many people find some or audience all aspects of critical thinking to be difficult at first.
If this is true of you, be reassured that this The different aspects of critical thinking covered way of thinking becomes easier with practice. The answers pages do not simply provide a However, in order to simplify the text, the terms correct answer: they also explain the reasons 'author' and 'audience' are used throughout, behind the answers so as to develop further the irrespective of the type of media.
Reading through these should help you to clarify your understanding about that aspect of critical Author thinking. This refers to the person who creates the A wide range of topics is used as examples and message, whether this is written, spoken or as practice material. You do not need any delivered through another medium. It doesn't background knowledge of the subjects covered necessarily mean the 'author' of a book.
This is useful in whether through conversation, books, helping you to find the most important aspects television, DVD or other medium. The audience, of your specialist texts, and to do so more in this respect, may be a viewer, a reader, a quickly. Chapter 4 builds on the previous chapter, looking at the differences between critical Glossary arguments and other types of writing that may appear to be arguments, such as disagreements.
A glossary of technical terms used in critical It also looks at how, when reading, to thinking is provided on page xii. As arguments can become lost within other details, this chapter Contents of the chapters gives practice in identifylng more easily the material relevant to the main argument. Such The book is organised to help you build your skills are also useful for improving reading speed skills in critical thinking, starting from a basic and accuracy and in helping you to identify understanding of what critical thinking is whether your own writing has a sufficiently through to applying techniques and strategies critical focus.
It writing. It other, and the use of interim concIusions. Many people find critical thinking to arguments. Chapters 6 and 7 develop skills in analysing the The chapter looks at the barriers that might details of an argument.
These skills help you to prevent you from developing critical thinking read texts and interpret arguments at a deeper skills and ways of overcoming these. You are rather than a superficial level. This is especially invited to evaluate your current skills in order to important for evaluating academic arguments focus on those aspects of the book that are the or, for example, checking that you understand most useful for you.
As you develop these skills, you similarities and differences, sequencing, will be better able to engage in debating the categorising, and close reading. These are skills issues raised by experts or by specialist authors, that underlie more advanced critical thinking as checking whether they are consistent in what well as personal management skills, so they are saying and whether their arguments improving these can benefit many aspects of contain flaws that are not immediately obvious.
Chapter 6 focuses on 'reading between the The chapter provides an opportunity for you to lines', identifying aspects of the author's evaluate these skills and then to practise those position and argument that are not directly aspects which need further development. These include underlying assumptions The third chapter, 'What's their point? The chapter also looks introduces argument as a central aspect of at what is meant by the 'premises' on which critical reading.
Finally, it examines what is especially the importance of maintaining a focus meant by denoted and connoted meanings, and on your own potential readers. The chapter the importance of identifying hidden looks at ways of setting the scene for the reader. It gives details about how to use language to structure and signpost arguments so that the Chapter 7 provides a different perspective on reader is clear which stage of the argument is evaluating an argument, this time focusing on being presented and the direction of your flaws within the reasoning.
It looks at argument. Critical writing uses tentative confusions that are made between cause and language to express conclusions and this is also effect, and introduces the concept of 'meeting examined in Chapter It also introduces many of the most common types of Finally, Chapter 11 provides an opportunity to flawed argument, such as false analogies, unfair evaluate two critical essays. The emphasis in use of emotive language, tautology, and this chapter is not on identifying and misrepresentation.
The two Chapter 8 focuses on finding and evaluating essays differ in how effective they are at sources of evidence to support an argument. It applying the conventions required for critical, examines the difference between primary and analytical writing. Checklists and secondary sources, looks at how to conduct a commentaries are provided to help you literature search, and provides criteria for approach the task and to evaluate your evaluating and selecting different kinds of responses.
A further checklist is provided as an evidence. Concepts such as authenticity, optional tool for you to use, or adapt, to validity, currency and reliability are introduced. Additional It also looks at a range of methods used to practice activities are provided at the end of ensure the evidence is robust, such as checking the chapter.
Chapter 9 looks at specific ways of applying critical thinking to reading and note-making, Reflection on the implications such as orientating to the task of critical As with all academic work and professional good reading, making accurate interpretations, and practice, you will benefit from reflecting upon categorising and selecting material in order to the points raised in each chapter and, in make the process of reading and note-making more effective.
It examines the relationship of particular, your own current ways of approaching these. Some chapters provide theory to argument, and looks at ways of categorising theories in order to ease comparison prompts to assist such reflection. In other cases, it is up to you to identify where you need to between different arguments. The chapter also stop and consider the relevance of the strategy emphasises the importance of noting the sources to your own study or area of work.
It is well of evidence, as an essential aspect of critical worth taking such time to pause and consider note-making. Chapter the materials and critical strategies to your own 10 looks at characteristics of critical writing, and work or study.
Some argument is inte7nally consistent when all parts of that are useful to know in the initial stages of the line of reasoning contribute to the learning about critical thinking are: conclusion. Nothing then contradicts or undermines the main message.
Many people find critical thinking to arguments. be a challenging activity when they first begin. Chapters 6 and 7 develop skills in analysing the The chapter.
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