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Art of Thinking

Art of Thinking - 9th edition

ISBN13: 978-0205668335

ISBN13: 978-0205668335
ISBN10: 020566833X
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Edition/Copyright: 9TH 09
Publisher: Longman, Inc.
Published: 2009
International: No

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Art of Thinking - 9TH 09 edition

ISBN13: 978-0205668335

Vincent R. Ruggiero

ISBN13: 978-0205668335
ISBN10: 020566833X
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 9TH 09
Publisher: Longman, Inc.

Published: 2009
International: No
Summary

Accessible and engaging, this unique text offers concrete, practice strategies for critical and creative thinking and includes many opportunities for practicing these fundamental skills. The Art of Thinkingintroduces students to the principles and techniques of critical thinking, taking them step-by-step through the problem-solving process. Emphasizing creative and active thought processes, the author asserts that good thinking and problem-solving is based on learnable strategies. The book's four parts, ''Be Aware,'' ''Be Creative,'' ''Be Critical,'' and ''Communicate Your Ideas,'' present students with a process for solving problems and resolving controversial issues. Discussions of how to evaluate ideas and how to question long-held assumptions or biases help students look at concepts critically. This text can be used in freshman experience courses, freshman composition courses, and a wide array of other courses where instructors want to enhance students'critical thinking skills.

Table of Contents

Every chapter concludes withWarm-Up Exercises, Applications, Issue for Extended Analysis To the Instructor
PART I: Be Aware

1 Developing Your Thinking: An Overview What Is Thinking? The Importance of Thinking Brain and Mind at Work Good Thinking Is a Habit The Structure of This Book Getting the Most from Your Efforts Using Feelings to Advantage Learning to Concentrate Coping with Frustration Making Discussion Meaningful Preliminary Thinking Strategies

2 Establish a Foundation Free Will versus Determinism What Is Truth? What Is Knowing? Ways of Knowing The Problem of Remembering What Are Opinions Understanding Cause and Effect Debating Moral Questions The Basis of Moral Judgment Dealing with Dilemmas

3 Broaden Your Perspective Becoming an Individual Habits That Hinder Thinking Overcoming Bad Habits

4 Be a Critical Reader, Listener, and Viewer Critical Evaluation Defined Making Important Distinctions A Strategy for Critical Reading A Sample Evaluation and Judgment A Strategy for Critical Listening A Strategy for Critical Viewing
PART II: Be Creative

5 The Creative Process Key Facts About Creativity Characteristics of Creative People Applying Creativity to Problems and Issues Stages in the Creative Process

6 Search for Challenges The Importance of Curiosity How Curiosity Is Lost Regaining Your Curiosity Six Helpful Techniques

7 Express the Problem or Issue Distinguishing Problems from Issues Expressing Problems Expressing Issues

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