Summary: This book is a summary and guide to the art of reasoning in economics and in everyday life, from one of the foremost authors and researchers in the field of critical thinking. Critical thinking is evaluating whether we should be convinced that some claim is true or some argument is good, as well as formulating good arguments. This book is meant to help students learn the basic skills of critical thinking and apply them to the basic study of economics.
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- Scientific Approach: Written by an expert in reasoning and critical thinking, this is the first such text designed to work specifically with economics courses.
- Basic Skills of Critical Thinking: This text provides a very student-oriented and clear introduction to claims, arguments, analogies, models, experiments, generalizing, and cause and effect using examples and exercises geared specifically to the economics student. This text is meant to aid students' critical thinking skills as they work through their principles course.
- Mastering Basic Skills: Critical thinking requires judgment developed through practice. The Guide to Critical Thinking in Economics includes 410 numbered examples- 256 of which are specific to economics, while 92 of those are direct quotations from economics journals and textbooks. These examples help the student see the theory, learn how to recognize instances of the theory and apply theory to reasoning.
- Economic Modeling: A section that explores the way economic models are created comes in Chapter 5. By looking at the process of creating models, students learn how abstraction from data benefits economic analysis.
- Self-Paced Presentation: The text is designed to be assigned to and used by students outside the classroom without taking precious lecture time away from economics studies.
Publisher: South-Western Publishing Co.
Year Published: 2005