Critical Thinking: Learn the Tools the Best Thinkers Use, Concise Edition

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9780131703476: Critical Thinking: Learn the Tools the Best Thinkers Use, Concise Edition

Written by two of the leading experts in critical thinking, this book focuses on an integrated, universal concept of critical thinking that is both substantive and applicable to any and every situation in which human thinking is necessary. It provides readerse with the basic intellectual tools needed for life-long learning, helping them understand the mind and how its three functions — thinking, feeling, motivation — influence and are influenced by one another. This book fosters the development of fair-minded critical thinking. Features the intellectual standards: clarity, precision, accuracy, logicalness, significance, depth, breadth, and fairness; The importance of good questioning; and intellectual tools to read for deep and lasting comprehension, and to write in ways that show clarity of reasonability of thought. For all that want to improve their critical thinking skills to apply to their job or life.

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Like its parent text, Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Learning and Your Life, Second Edition, this book focuses on an integrated, universal concept of critical thinking that is both substantive and practical; it provides readers with the basic intellectual skills they need to think through content in any class, subject, or discipline, and through any problems or issues they face.

Written by two of the leading experts in the field, Critical Thinking: Learn the Tools the Best Thinkers Use focuses on the most basic critical thinking concepts.  It includes activities that allow readers to apply these concepts within disciplines and to life.  An added feature to this brief book is a focus on close reading and substantive writing.

Content highlights include:

  • Think for Yourself activities
  • Discovering the parts of thinking and the standards for thinking
  • Learning to formulate clear and substantive questions
  • Making the design of a course work for you
  • Close reading and substantive writing
  • Becoming a fair-minded thinker

The authors' website provides students with valuable resources to enhance their development as thinkers.  Find this at www.criticalthinking.org

Visit our Student Success Supersite at www.prenhall.com/success  Features will include:

  • Majors Exploration
  • Career Advice
  • Web Links
  • Tips from Successful Students 
  • Student Bulletin Boards
  • Faculty Resources

About the Author:

DR. RICHARD W. PAUL is Director of Research and Professional Development at the Center for Critical Thinking and the Chair of the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking. He has authored eight books and more than 200 articles on critical thinking. In over 35 years of teaching experience, he has won numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Perry Lecturer for the year 2000.

DR. LINDA ELDER is an educational psychologist, President for the Foundation for Critical Thinking, and Executive Director of the Center for Critical Thinking. She is highly published and has done original research into the relation of thought and emotion. She is a regular keynoter at the International Conference on Critical Thinking and is a recognized leader in the field.

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