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Critical Thinking

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?)?
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 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


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.
SAGE Study Skills hub

Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!

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.

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

A thoroughly engaging introduction to critical thinking that can be truly personalised, with spaces to annotate included, to each and every learner as they read and explore this book.

Mrs christine jackson
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Hull University
November 6, 2017

I like this book a lot. It is very well written and has lots of practical exercises that compliment the theoretical discussions of the subject. The content is well presented in a visually friendly manner that the students like. This makes the subject seem less scary to them and increases their engagement with the material.

Mr Paul McCafferty
School of Social Sciences, Education & Social Work , Queen's University Belfast
October 27, 2017

Chatfield's text was a no-brainer. I could see immediate applications in our skills modules, being easily incorporated into my teaching approach and materials - full of things that can help develop a set of skills that students sometimes find elusive.

Dr Russell Delderfield
Academic Skills Advice, Bradford University
October 21, 2017

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Understanding the Reasons Behind Things

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