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Critical Thinking : Building the Basics

Critical Thinking : Building the Basics - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0534599768

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ISBN13: 978-0534599768
ISBN10: 0534599761
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 03
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 2003
International: No

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Critical Thinking : Building the Basics - 2ND 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0534599768

Donald E. P. Smith, Timothy L. Walter and Glenn M. Knudsvig

ISBN13: 978-0534599768
ISBN10: 0534599761
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 03
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

This text is a guide to critical thinking and composition courses. It covers just the basics of critical thinking using an acronym called TCDR (Topic, Class, Description, Relevance). The text grounds the student in the basics of the technique and uses exercises to drive lessons home. It also shows students how to use critical thinking across the curriculum. In addition, the new Part Three covers critical thinking in relation to using new computer technology. This book can be used as a main text or a supplement.

Benefits:

  • NEW! New Part Three, titled "Learning From Your Computer", applies critical thinking to issues students face in the digital age.
  • NEW! Increased focus on how to apply critical thinking skills across disciplines and in relation to analysis of all types of information.
  • Simple, powerful, proven technique that helps students quickly improve critical thinking skills.
  • Students are asked to practice these strategies with textbooks they are currently using so they learn immediately how to apply techniques in their courses.
  • All examples taken from current textbooks.
  • Encourages collaboration in critical thinking skills and practice.

Author Bio

Walter, Timothy L. : Oakland Community College


Smith, Donald E. P. : University of Michigan


Knudsvig, Glenn M. : University of Michigan

Table of Contents

Preface

PART ONE: A BASIC STRATEGY FOR LEARNING AND THINKING SMART: THE TCDR STRATEGY

Exercise A: Introduction to TCDR
Exercise B: Identifying Topic and Class
Exercise C: Categorizing Information
Exercise D: Finding TCDR in Textbooks Across the Curriculum
Textbook Passages and Practices

PART TWO: MAKING THE TCDR STRATEGY WORK FOR YOU

Exercise Set A: Developing and Evaluating Your Answers
Improving Your Thinking By Getting Feedback
More Points for You to Evaluate
Where Do You Go From Here? Using Your Own Textbooks
Your Next Challenge
Learning From Another Person's Input
Exercise Set B: Another Strategy for Improving Thinking
Evaluating Your Own Answers
Getting a Second Opinion
More Points For You To Evaluate
Your Next Challenge
Your Five Questions and Answers
It's Time To Move On
Reading Excerpt
Answer Key

PART THREE: LEARNING FROM YOUR COMPUTER

Learning From Your Computer Need Not Be a Problem
Simulating a Computer Learning Experience
Principles of Success
How to Use Your Computer To Find Questions and to Develop Answers
The Missing Link: What Do Good Questions and Answers Look Like? Using TCDR
Learning From Professional Journals
Learning From Books of Fiction and Nonfiction
The Psychology Behind Learning to Learn

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