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Critical Thinking: Your Guide to Effective Argument, Successful Analysis and Independent Study

by Tom Chatfield SAGE Publications Ltd
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Do you need to demonstrate a good argument or find more evidence? Are mystified by your tutor's comment 'critical analysis needed'? What does it really mean to think well - and how do you learn to do it?

Critical thinking is a set of techniques. You just need to learn them.

So here’s your personal toolkit for demystifying critical engagement. I’ll show you how to sharpen your critical thinking by developing and practicing this set of skills, so you can…

    • Spot an argument and get why reasoning matters

    • Sniff out errors and evaluate evidence

    • Understand and account for bias

    • Become a savvy user of technology

    • Develop clear, confident critical writing.

Designed to work seamlessly with a power pack of digital resources and exercises, you'll find practical and effective tools to think and write critically in an information-saturated age. No matter whether you're launching on your first degree or arriving as an international or mature student, Critical Thinking gives you the skills, insights and confidence to succeed.

In your critical thinking toolkit

    1. Watch the 10 commandments videos – life rules to change how you think

    2. Smart Study boxes share excellent tips to whip your work into shape

    3. Quizzes to diagnose your skill level and test what (you think) you know

    4. Space to scribble! Journal your thoughts, questions, eureka moments as you go

    5. Chat more online with #TalkCriticalThinking

SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the color=blue>SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!


What is critical thinking (and why does it matter?)?
Chapter 1: Understanding the reasons behind things
Chapter 2: Spelling out arguments and assumptions
Chapter 3: Reasoning with logic and certainty
Chapter 4: Reasoning with observation and uncertainty
Chapter 5: Developing explanations and theories
Chapter 6: Assessing evidence and planning your reading strategy
Chapter 7: Getting to grips with rhetoric
Chapter 8: Seeing through faulty reasoning
Chapter 9: Understanding cognitive bias
Chapter 10: Overcoming bias in yourself and others
Chapter 11: Thinking critically about technology
Chapter 12: Putting it all together: critical thinking in study, work and life

‘Critical thinking’ is easy to read with an engaging format. As a researcher, I think it will be useful for thinking about written and verbal arguments: helping readers make and recognise an argument, and understand when a valid argument isn’t being made.
Tom Chatfield is a writer, broadcaster, and tech philosopher. A Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, his six books exploring digital culture – most recently How to Thrive in the Digital Age (Pan Macmillan) and Live This Book! (Penguin) – have appeared in over two dozen countries and languages.