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Critical thinking skills : developing effective analysis and argument /

by Cottrell, Stella.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Palgrave study skills: Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011Edition: 2nd ed.Description: xiv, 282 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780230285293; 0230285295.Subject(s): Critical thinking | Critical thinking -- Study and teaching | Study skills
Contents:
What is critical thinking? -- How well do you think? Develop your thinking skills -- What's their point? Identifying arguments -- Is it an argument? Argument and non-argument -- How well do they say it? Clarity, consistency and structure -- Reading between the lines : recognising underlying assumptions and implicit arguments -- Does it add up? Identifying flaws in the argument -- Where's the proof? Finding and evaluating sources of evidence -- Critical reading and note-making : critical selection, interpretation and noting of source material -- Critical, analytical writing : critical thinking when writing -- Where's the analysis? Evaluating critical writing -- Critical reflection.
Summary: Intended for students who are mystified by lecturer comments such as 'more analysis needed', this title takes the art of analysis and breaks it down into easy-to-understand blocks, with clear explanations, good examples, and plenty of activities to develop understanding at each stage. List(s) this item appears in: BL: Study Skills books outside Learning Hub
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 278-279) and index.

What is critical thinking? -- How well do you think? Develop your thinking skills -- What's their point? Identifying arguments -- Is it an argument? Argument and non-argument -- How well do they say it? Clarity, consistency and structure -- Reading between the lines : recognising underlying assumptions and implicit arguments -- Does it add up? Identifying flaws in the argument -- Where's the proof? Finding and evaluating sources of evidence -- Critical reading and note-making : critical selection, interpretation and noting of source material -- Critical, analytical writing : critical thinking when writing -- Where's the analysis? Evaluating critical writing -- Critical reflection.

Intended for students who are mystified by lecturer comments such as 'more analysis needed', this title takes the art of analysis and breaks it down into easy-to-understand blocks, with clear explanations, good examples, and plenty of activities to develop understanding at each stage.

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