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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2nd edition edition (20 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230285295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230285293
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
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'I think this book is strong: clear, concise and relevant' - Liesl Schwabe, Yeshiva College, New York

'I liked this book - it is fun and new!' - Julie Engstrom, Brigham Young University–Idaho


'I found this text very useful not only for students but also for newly appointed staff teaching Academic Skills. The activities are most useful for the novice lecturer in particular to developing their own style while using this text as a guide' - Ann Anka, Havering College of Further and Higher Education

'I really endorse this book both for its clear and structural approach and its use of humour to more fully engage its audience' - Deidre Kelleher, University College Dublin


'One of the best texts for general critical thinking around at the moment… very good value for money' – Victor Glynn, Oxford University



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Bestselling practical and detailed guide to developing critical and analytical thinking skills for students at all levels

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Artsreadings on 7 Nov. 2010
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This is one of the first books any and every higher education student should get hold of and read thoroughly and actively at the very beginning of their programme of studies, so they are equipped with the basic and nonetheless fundamental skill of any academic pursuit: critical thinking.

It really should be read actively since the book contains lots of examples and activities with questions for the reader to test their understanding of the points being discussed, and the answers are available a few pages later for the reader to double check.

Every chapter is framed with an introduction, and a summary of the information covered at the end of each chapter.

Very clear and useful.

Introduction, vii
Glossary, xii
1. What is Critical Thinking?, 1
2. How Well Do You Think? Develop your thinking skills, 17
3. What's Their Point? Identifying arguments, 37
4. Is it an Argument? Argument and non-argument, 51
5. How Well Do They Say It? Clarity, consistency and structure, 63
6. Reading Between the Lines: Recognising underlying assumptions and implicit arguments, 85
7. Does it Add Up? Identifying flaws in the argument, 105
8. Where's the Proof? Finding and evaluating sources of evidence, 125
9. Critical Reading and Note-making: Critical selection, interpretation and noting of source material, 147
10. Critical, Analytical Writing: Critical thinking when writing, 167
11. Where's the Analysis? Evaluating critical writing, 183
Texts for activities in Chapters 8, 9 and 11
Bibliography
Index
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307 of 311 people found the following review helpful By Yorksteve on 14 Aug. 2006
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If like me your lecturers constantly tell you that you need to "critically analyse" but don't actually tell you how to do it, this book will be very useful!

It gives you examples of the difference between describing and analysing and also has tests for you to check you understand each concept. There are also examples of how to write essays and when to use references to back up facts. It is also useful in pointing out how to avoid making assumptions or being biased.

The only slight downside to the book is that there is maybe too much information than is necessary. A lot of the introductory chapters may not be useful for those at university as it may all seem obvious but the book is also aimed at those at 6th form/college.

I bought this at level 3 and it taught me a few simple things which definately helped me pick up some extra marks and I ended up with a 2:1. Had I bought this at the start of level 2 I think I could have ended up with a 1st. Critical analysis is not difficult. Once you realise the simple process of doing this it comes naturally and this book certainly helped develop these skills.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mole on 1 Aug. 2009
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I'm planning to undertake a dissertation - this book was recommended as background material for better analysis of what is required for the project work. It's well laid out and has a good structure that helps understand the key elements required in order to produce a piece of work suitable for a project report. However, I would suggest that it is not the sort of book that one would read in one go or even from start to finish - rather the sort that one would dip into and then go back to again in order better understand the points made.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Rosemary A. Stewart on 8 Feb. 2009
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Currently studying for a BA (Hons) degree, I am working on reviews, research projects and critical analysis. I found this book really useful. It is straight forward and down to earth, wirh plenty of exercises to try to improve your skills. I would recommend this book for any students undertaking any type of research projects or study.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Estella on 29 July 2010
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Definitely worth buying if you are studying at uni, or before if possible. A personal tutorial on how to really 'think' - what should be taught as part of General Studies at school but isn't!

Highlights:
1. Plenty of practice activities as you go along to test understanding of what you've just read. Take time to do these in order - each chapter builds on the last.

2. Chapter 9 - 'Critical reading and note-making' - prompts reflection on what you read from a book before you write anything down, so preventing blind copying out masses of notes without really comprehending them. Bridges the gap between work for school and the more rigorous demands of higher education.

3. The 'practice activities on longer texts' at the back - draws together the new skills you just learnt.

This book will certainly alter your perspective, and how you go about making a case during debates, etc. A TRUE GEM! Thoroughly enjoyable read, cannot recommend highly enough.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Yay!! TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 April 2009
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This is a University text, and the book, that I've loved the most in the entire year.

Step by step it challenges you to analyse and "think". Then compares what you thought was said, to was was "really" being said.

This book is quite life changing, and quickly improves all areas of your life.

Ever had pesky people annoy you? Debt collectors who have the wrong person, but won't leave you alone? Fire torpedo and launch your critical thinking skills at them.
They run for the hills.

Ever had to ask for a refund from a multinational? Well, they'll leave you alone after this. This is like legal training.

I scare myself, with how "sharp" and "focused" this book makes an ordinary person.

Totally life changing. I'd give this book to every pupil in our schools, to improve their grades overnight.

**Don't miss out on a star turn**
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