Becoming a Critical Thinker: A User Friendly Manual

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9780130289223: Becoming a Critical Thinker: A User Friendly Manual

For courses in Critical Thinking, Informal Logic, Rhetoric, Argumentation, and English courses which cover the Argumentative Essay.

This text trains students to distinguish high-quality, well-supported arguments from arguments with little or no evidence to support them. It develops the skills required to effectively evaluate the many claims facing them as citizens, learners, consumers, and human beings, and also to be effective advocates for their beliefs.

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"Diestler has definitely written the book to be just what its cover advertises?user friendly. It is quite easy to read and it presents difficult concepts in a basic way so that the average student has little trouble understanding them . ... A cut above many other critical thinking books." ? R. Natasha Mohr, Creighton University

"There are very few hooks that can introduce a beginner to the thrill of critical thinking in a way that seems fairly uncomplicated, and yet that fosters progressive competency. Diestler's book says to a potential student, 'Come and try critical thinking: it is not scary, and you will soon become better at it than you think!" ? Lee Loots, California State University. Hayward

"For the kind of class that I teach and the particular group of students I encounter, this text is the best I have found." ? Steven Benfell, Western Michigan University

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"The organizational scheme is logical. The sequenced chapters are progressively arranged with student learning in mind. At the initial, the author grasps the reader’s attention with the catchy topics.”

— Charlene Tuckerson, John F. Kennedy University

 

 

“The chapter checkup, the key terms with corresponding page numbers, and the chapter highlights at the end of each chapter are quite helpful.”

 — Cecilia Moore-Cobb, Pitt Community College

 

“A wide variety of examples and analogies is one of the book's many strengths. Specifically, references to pop culture help students readily identify with the material.”

—James Bower, Walla Walla Community College

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