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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.
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.
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.
An excellent book that engages form page 1. Students look the format and layout and have really engaged with the ideas, suggestions and advice.
A great Resource for undergraduate study skills.
Tom Chatfield brings a freshness and earthiness to the topic of scholarly thinking. He writes clearly to an audience of students -- you can imagine the conversations in the classroom, real or virtual. He successfully adds layers of communication. The book is essentially a three-dimensional conversation.
A good quality book which helps the reader to develop critical thinking and writing skill that will last a lifetime.
Fun to read which helps in the challenge of critical thinking. Useful exercises and notes to support students in understanding and applying critical thinking. Tom's enthusiasm is catching.