Critical Thinking in Everyday Life

 
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The most important requirement to live – other than breathing – is to think. To think critically. This textbook was written with that insight in mind. The overarching objective of the textbook is to help students proceed along their critical thinking journey – from being an unreflective or aspiring thinker into becoming a critical thinker. Along that path, the textbook will help students: Recognize the need to develop their critical thinking skills, identify barriers to critical thinking and devise strategies to modify or replace them, assess the reliability of information and evaluate the credibility of people who deliver it, understand the origin of and conditions that maintain problems, apply lessons learned to solve problems in everyday life, and learn how to avoid falling back into unreflective habits.

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Dr. Ridel possesses an educational and business background that spans over three decades. He was schooled in the social sciences (sociology, psychology) and received specialized training in conflict sociology and behavioral psychology. Robert’s educational background also includes solid exposure to the humanities, including studies in culture, ethics, philosophy, and (his passion) critical thinking. He earned his degrees, including his Ph.D., through the University of California system. Dr. Ridel is currently the Dean of Retention at the University of Phoenix – which was his occupational home for over 10 years as Academic Dean, Area Chair, and Lead Faculty. He also served as Lecturer and Department Chair at various universities across the United States and overseas in Europe and Asia. In addition, Robert was associated with the National Institutes of Health (Research Fellow – Laboratory of Brain Evolution and Behavior) and the United Nations (Field Observer – Africa). He also founded a business management and career consulting firm that worked with companies to become more profitable, as well as with professionals to manage and advance in their careers. Although he has occupied various positions in his professional life, Dr. Ridel’s primary interests continue to be focused on the field of educational administration and helping students proceed through their programs of study and develop within their chosen career paths.

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