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Critical Thinking
Your Guide to Effective Argument, Successful Analysis and Independent Study



© 2018 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Do you need to demonstrate a good argument or find more evidence?  Are you mystified by your tutor's comment 'critical analysis needed'?  What does it really mean to think well - and how do you learn to do it?

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

So here’s your personal toolkit for demystifying critical engagement. I’ll show you how to sharpen your critical thinking by developing and practicing this set of skills, so you can…

  • Spot an argument and get why reasoning matters
  • Sniff out errors and evaluate evidence
  • Understand and account for bias
  • Become a savvy user of technology
  • Develop clear, confident critical writing.

Designed to work seamlessly 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.  No matter whether you're launching on your first degree or arriving as an international or mature student, Critical Thinking gives you the skills, insights and confidence to succeed.

In your critical thinking toolkit

  1. Watch the 10 commandments videos – life rules to change how you think
  2. Smart Study boxes share excellent tips to whip your work into shape
  3. BuzzFeed quizzes to test what (you think) you know
  4. Space to scribble! Journal your thoughts, questions, eureka moments as you go
  5. Chat more online with #TalkCriticalThinking

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What is critical thinking (and why does it matter?)?
 
PART ONE: 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
 
PART TWO: 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

Supplements

Companion Website

Get a taster of the exciting digital resources to come with the book:

  1. 10 commandments video #1
  2. Interactive sample chapter
  3. BuzzFeed quiz to find out what kind of thinker you are
  4. Personal welcome video from Tom.
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Critical Thinking Videos
Watch over 20 videos of author Tom Chatfield discussing Critical Thinking and key ideas from his book, including each of his 10 Commandments.

Tom Chatfield’s Critical Thinking contains sensible, grounded examples, and illustrations...serving as a useful primer to the subject. This is a book happy to be written on, queried and argued with. The exercises sprinkled throughout are well judged and encourage a deep reading. The consistency of tone and design make it an impressive achievement, bringing light and clarity to an area which can present as murky and vague. I recommend it strongly. It will certainly be a useful addition to the teaching materials my school already uses, but its appeal goes well beyond classroom walls due to its breadth, depth and the clarity of its outlook...I would be very happy to see students and colleagues alike walking around campus with dog-eared, annotated and bookmarked copies of Critical Thinking.

Tim Jones
Schools Week

I can’t stress enough what an excellent addition this is to a rather - what I thought, anyway – saturated market. Well done to all involved! It’s a very comprehensive text, and one which I’d happily recommend to staff and students alike. I’ll certainly be drawing inspiration from it when building class resources in future.

Sunny Dhillon
Learning Development Tutor, Bishop Grosseteste University

Some people are naturally gifted critical thinkers (and, if you’re a researcher, it’s pretty hard to advance without some skill in that area) but for those who need to rethink their thinking or want a crash course in how to develop and hone their analysis skills, Tom Chatfield’s new book is well worth picking up… The engaging workbook-style layout helps keep the information being imparted consistently interesting and fun to absorb.

Joseph Rydholm
Editor of Quirk's Marketing Research Review

The book is easy and interesting to read with information that is in keeping with the context of education today and up to date with it's examples and scenarios. For example, it uses social media as examples to illustrate key points. This makes it real for the student. A fantastic resource.

Mrs Susan Hutchinson
School Of Health And Social Care, Teesside University
November 10, 2017

This is a very useful supplementary text to assist students in developing a critical 'edge' in their thinking and writing.
Very useful for project and dissertation work.

Mr Peter Beven
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
November 9, 2017

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Understanding the Reasons Behind Things


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