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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.
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.
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.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover how accessible and engaging this book is. Some other texts on the topic can be daunting and challenging to read, with concepts not always being easy to grasp. However, the subject is presented in a user friendly way.
This primer on critical thinking expertly introduces reasoning, argumentation, rhetoric, and bias, and how understanding those concepts can make us better readers, researchers, and writers. Chatfield chooses just the right combination of formal writing and casual address, creating the feeling that readers are learning from a trusted, witty friend.
Tom Chatfield’s Critical Thinking is probably the most essential book I’ve ever read. Not because it offers groundbreaking insights, but because it makes you stop and think, in a world whose pace is ever-increasing. If you’re new to academia, the book prepares you for the challenges of evaluating established theories and forming cohesive, convincing and sound arguments of your own.
The book provides you with hands-on skills that are directly applicable. Not only are they put forth through real-life example arguments, but they are strongly reinforced by academic arguments and grounding. [Chatfield] deconstructs complicated concepts to its simplest form and renders it accessible to anyone that wishes to delve into their own mind and practices.
Critical thinking is a greatly valued skill for employability and Chatfield emphasises the importance of being skeptical. Information presented to us should be questioned and evaluated, especially in a world where vast amounts of information are available at our fingertips.
Tom Chatfield has excelled at the way to interact with the independent learner in this book by explaining not just the skill of critical thinking, but the reasons behind its need in the day-to-day life. ‘Critical Thinking’ will leave one with a universal skill which is crucial to any millennial in the modern world. A perfect guide to better learning and beyond.
This is a very comprehensive, well elaborated and clearly structured book. It provides readers with systematically organized concepts and skills to improve their critical thinking in an easily accessible way, laying a vital foundation for their future academic study, professional work and life. It is especially helpful for the first-year college students who are about to embark on their academic life.
I found this book extremely useful to read and translate to working examples for our BSc students. I would therefore highly recommend its use for all of our level 6 learners and will be utilising it for our larger scale intake in September 2019.
A very good book which is very well written. I received a copy on time and it's on my reading list.
The reasonable price of this text caught my attention immediately, but it was the lively, novel style of the text that "sealed the deal." I expect a Sage text to include comprehensive, top quality information and I wasn't disappointed here. My students love this text -- especially when compared with the style and cost of the book we used previously. Tom Chatfield is my critical thinking guru!
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a great book that students find accessible and engaging. It has helped considerably in enabling them to think about critical engagement in their writing, particularly for students at Masters and doctoral level.
in the process of reviewing it
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.