Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Learning and Your Life (2nd Edition)

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Critical Thinking is about becoming a better thinker in every aspect of your life: in your career, and as a consumer, citizen, friend, parent, and lover. Discover the core skills of effective thinking; then analyze your own thought processes, identify weaknesses, and overcome them. Learn how to translate more effective thinking into better decisions, less frustration, more wealth Ñ and above all, greater confidence to pursue and achieve your most important goals in life.

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Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Learning and Your Life, Second Edition, approaches critical thinking as a process for taking charge of and responsibility for one's thinking.  Based in theory developed over the last 25 years, the book focuses on an integrated, universal concept of critical thinking that is both substansive and practical; it fosters the development of basic intellectual skills students need to think through content in any class, subject, or discipline, as well as through any problem or issue they face.  Simply stated, this text offers students the intellectual tools they need for a lifelong learning and rational, conscientious living.

 

Written by two of the leading experts in critical thinking, this second edition has all the strengths of the original edition plus two new chapters: one focusing on fallacies in thinking, and the other dealing with the problem of propaganda and bias in the mainstream news media. 

 

 

Content highlights include:

  • Think For Yourself activities
  • A concrete yet substantive approach to multidisciplinary learning
  • Practical ways to analyze and evaluate reasoning
  • Emphasis on fair-minded critical thinking and ethical reasoning
  • Egocentric and sociocentric thought as primary barriers to critical thinking
  • Keys to lifelong learning, decision making, and problem solving
  • A global approach to developing the mind-its thought, desires, and emotions
  • Using information critically and ethically
  • Thinking strategically through problems and issues in everyday life

The authors' website provides students with valuable resources to enhance their development as thinkers.  Find this at www.criticalthinking.org.

About the Author:

DR. RICHARD W. PAUL is Director of Research and Professional Development at the Center for Critical Thinking and the Chair of the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking. He has authored eight books and more than 200 articles on critical thinking. In over 35 years of teaching experience, he has won numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Perry Lecturer for the year 2000.

DR. LINDA ELDER is an educational psychologist, President for the Foundation for Critical Thinking, and Executive Director of the Center for Critical Thinking. She is highly published and has done original research into the relation of thought and emotion. She is a regular keynoter at the International Conference on Critical Thinking and is a recognized leader in the field.

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