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Critical Thinking: Learn the Tools the Best Thinkers Use

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Written by two of the leading experts in critical thinking, this book focuses on an integrated, universal concept of critical thinking that is both substantive and applicable to any and every situation in which human thinking is necessary. It provides readerse with the basic intellectual tools needed for life-long learning, helping them understand the mind and how its th ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published July 23rd 2005 by Prentice Hall
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Jocelyn
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I’ll write a critical review –
At least that’s what I’m thinking –
’Cause this book’s tone was much too dry
As was the purple inking.

It did discuss some critical
Ideas, such as how
Our instincts sway our reasoning –
I’m thinking on this now.

But still, the book’s critical mass
Consists of lists and charts.
What were the authors thinking?
Did they learn rhetorical arts?

Critical thinking, in this book,
Means, “Just follow these rules
So you can be more like your profs
And less like average fools.”

Of course, m
...more
Jennifer
Oct 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book is a text for a critical thinking course I am taking. The book is dreadful. It is extremely redundant, often unclear, and inaccurate. It recommends eight intellectual standards and doesn't meet them itself. It uses examples for concepts but they don't exemplify the concept.

It pains me to have to read this book.



Jeremy
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Again, I don't really know what to rate this book...primarily because it's the first self-help book I've ever even cracked.

Yes, that's correct. This is, as I see it, not a textbook, but a touchy-feely, sweetness-and-light, self-love-fest.

Enjoy, fellow academics.

PS: The degree of repetition in this thing would offend a kindergartener. The didacticism is just that excessive.
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One of the textbooks for my Philosophy of Ethics course.
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Dr. Linda Elder is an educational psychologist and a prominent authority on critical thinking. She is President of the Foundation for Critical Thinking and Executive Director of the Center for Critical Thinking. Dr. Elder has taught psychology and critical thinking at the college level and has given presentations to more than 20,000 educators at all levels. She has co-authored four books, includin ...more
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