Advanced Critical Thinking Skills
This book takes the skills introduced in Roy van den Brink-Budgen’s bestselling book Critical Thinking for Students and extends and builds on them. As a result, it will be especially useful for students on advanced level courses, whether in schools, colleges, or universities. It shows how complex arguments can be built up, analysed, and evaluated. It also shows how the use of various types of claim can be approached in argument, by stressing the need to ask a series of questions about their possible significance. The frequent role of explanation in the drawing of inference is also detailed. In addition, it applies Critical Thinking skills to decision-making, showing how these skills can clarify the choices available, their possible consequences, and the criteria needed to make decisions. In short, this book shows how to become an even more active and effective Critical Thinker.
ISBN-10: 184528433X • ISBN-13: 978-1845284336
‘ – clear, easy to read, logical development of argument. Powerful section on ethics in decision making. I’ll be recommending the book to my postgraduate students, both those that are studying on a number of postgraduate pathways in the business school, and those who I am supervising for their dissertation. Dr Jonathan Smith, Chartered FCIPD, Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University, UK.
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The skills of Critical Thinking are important whatever subject you are studying. They enable you to assess what's been said or written by asking the right questions: 'What does this mean?' 'What else could it mean?' 'What other evidence do I need?' With your answers, you can suggest other explanations or scenarios: 'Perhaps it's this rather than that'. As a creative, enquiring thinker, you can then move on to produce well-argued material of your own. This new edition has been totally updated, but it continues in the tradition of the earlier editions in that it is invaluable for all students, whether you're doing a course in Critical Thinking (like the AS-level) or not. It quite simply covers everything you need to become a skilled Critical Thinker.Contents: Preface to 4th Edition; 1. Giving Claims a Significance; 2. Explanations; 3. Inferences; 4. Assumptions; 5. More Building Up of Arguments; 6. Evaluation of Arguments: Looking at Evidence; 7. Evaluation of Arguments: Weaknesses in Reasoning; 8. Analogies, Hypotheses; Definations and Principles; 9. Credibility of Evidence; 10. Producing Arguments; Resources for further study; Additional information for the exercises; Index.
- Paperback | 128 pages
- 170 x 240 x 12mm | 240.4g
- 15 Mar 2010
- Little, Brown Book Group
- How to Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- Revised, Updated