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Home > Library Resources > Becoming a Critical Thinker

Becoming a Critical Thinker

Author: Vincent Ryan Ruggiero
Publisher: Boston: Houghton Mifflin [2001]
Description: 4th ed. vxii, 200p.: ill. (some color)

ISBN: 0618122060
Location: KCC Library - Reserve Collection (Circulation Desk)
Call Number: BF455 .R829 2001

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Thought and thinking Problems, exercises, etc.
Critical thinking Problems, exercises, etc.
Creative thinking Problems, exercises, etc.

Summary
This well-known study skills text approaches critical thinking from a 'student-as-consumer-of-information' perspective. This unique method of teaching critical thinking incorporates relevant and timely examples from the Internet, advertising, TV, music and print media that encourage students to apply the skills outlined in their own lives. Many new features and expanded material have been added to this new fourth edition including; new Solving Problems chapter; new Thinking Critically about Research chapter; new Thinking Critically about Movies chapter; The increased examples of technical writing will help students overcome problems in Science and Maths courses.

Becoming a Critical Thinker stresses concrete and practical applications of critical thinking in everyday situations. The concise structure makes the text a useful supplement to any student success course, and its use of timely examples--from advertising, television, music, and the Internet--help students connect the skills outlined to their own lives.

The text is divided into a series of cumulative activities and includes exercises linked to further activities on the Web.

Table of Contents (Note: Each chapter concludes with a quiz)

Acknowledgements - v
Contents - vi

To the Instructor - xi
About the book - xii

Strategies for Effective Learning - xiii

Plan your days - xii
Tackle unpleasant tasks immediately - xiii
Chip away at big jobs - xiv
Take charge of your mind - xiv
Listen actively - xv
Refuse to tolerate confusion - xv
Study efficiently - xv
Capture insights - xvi
Read for understanding - xvi
Improve your retention - xvii
Turn these strategies into habits - xvii

1. Mastering the Fundamentals - 1

What is thinking? - 2
Critical thinking is crucial - 3
Be clear about truth - 5
Be alert for contradictions - 9
Recognize opinions - 11
Test opinions - 15
Evaluate evidence - 18
Dare to change your mind - 21
.....A sample issue - 21
A comprehensive thinking strategy - 24
.....Step 1: Observe - 24
.....Step 2: Record your observations - 25
.....Step 3: Address relevant questions - 26

Quiz - 33

2. Becoming an Individual - 35

Understand individuality - 36
Know your attitudes and values- 37
Know your mental habits - 41
Practice critical thinking behaviors - 47
Be constructive in discussions - 57
Present your ideas to advantage - 59
Quiz - 63

3. Evaluating Arguments - 65

What is argument? - 66
What is evidence? - 67
Step 1: Understand the argument - 68
Step 2: Seek out competing views - 75
Step 3: Sort out disagreements - 76
Step 4: Make your judgment - 77
Quiz - 87

4. Solving Problems - 89

Cultivate creativity - 90
See problems as opportunities - 90
Nurture your curiosity - 93
A problem-solving strategy - 97
Quiz - 105

5. Recognizing Errors in Thinking - 107

Three kinds of errors - 108
Errors of perception - 108
Errors of judgment - 114
Errors of reaction - 122
Errors can multiply - 127
Quiz - 129

6. Applying Critical Thinking - 131

Thinking critically about research - 132
Thinking critically about commercials - 137
Thinking critically about print advertising - 143
Thinking critically about TV programming - 145
Thinking critically about movies - 154
Thinking critically about music - 157
Thinking critically about magazines - 160
Thinking critically about newspapers - 163
Thinking critically about the Internet - 165
Quiz - 173

7. Expressing Ideas Persuasively - 177

What is persuasion? - 176
Guidelines for persuasion - 177
Being persuasive in school - 180
Being persuasive in the workplace - 181
Being persuasive in the community - 182
Being persuasive in relationships - 183
Quiz - 189

Epilogue - 191
Bibliography - 193
Index - 196
About the Author - 200

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