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Critical Thinking
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Critical Thinking
Your Essential Guide

Second Edition
  • Tom Chatfield - Independent Author, Tom Chatfield is an author, tech philosopher and broadcaster
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April 2022 | 464 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

What is critical thinking? How do you apply it in your assessments? How do you build a good argument or find evidence? 

Critical thinking is a set of techniques. You just need to learn them.

This is your personal toolkit for demystifying critical thinking. Clear and focused, it shows you how to sharpen your ability to think critically by developing and honing your skills. You’ll learn how to:

  • Build a solid argument and express your ideas clearly
  • Evaluate evidence and identify errors
  • Understand and account for biased or flawed thinking
  • Become a savvy user of technology
  • Sift through the deluge of digital information
  • Develop confident critical writing.

Designed to work with a power pack of digital resources and exercises, you'll find practical and effective tools to think and write critically in an information-saturated age.

Whether you're starting your first degree or arriving as an international or mature student, this book equips you with the skills, insights and confidence to succeed.

This second edition has been redesigned and fine-tuned with a focus on accessibility: with a new and improved layout to improve the eBook experience, and updated language, examples and further reading recommendations throughout.

 
Part I: The Art and Science of Being Reasonable
 
Chapter 1: Understanding the Reasons Behind Things
 
Chapter 2: Spelling Out Arguments and Assumptions
 
Chapter 3: Reasoning With Logic and Certainty
 
Chapter 4: Reasoning With Observation and Uncertainty
 
Chapter 5: Developing Explanations and Theories
 
Chapter 6: Assessing Evidence and Planning Your Reading Strategy
 
Chapter 6 (Intermission)
 
Part II: Being Reasonable in an Unreasonable World
 
Chapter 7: Getting to Grips With Rhetoric
 
Chapter 8: Seeing Through Faulty Reasoning
 
Chapter 9: Understanding Cognitive Bias
 
Chapter 10: Overcoming Bias in Yourself and Others
 
Chapter 11: Thinking Critically About Technology
 
Chapter 12: Putting It All Together: Critical Thinking in Study, Work and Life

Tom’s book continues to be a real hit with both undergraduate and postgraduate students. This book immerses students into the world of critical thinking using practical applications and experiences. The book triggers a meaningful sensemaking process and demystifies critical reading, thinking and reading, allowing students to develop their skills.

Paul McEvoy Clarke
Programme Leader – HRM Programmes, Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University.

Tom has a knack for providing relatable examples to break down the ideas around being a critical reader and writer. This second edition is no different and continues to carefully guide us all with developing our skills of criticality. A must read for anyone engaged with academic writing.

Andy Taylor
Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, School of Education, University of Worcester

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