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Learning to Think Things Through A Guide to Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum

ISBN-10: 0138132429
ISBN-13: 9780138132422
Edition: 3rd 2009
Authors: Gerald M. Nosich
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Book details

List price: $33.20
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Prentice Hall Higher Education
Publication date: 1/16/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 9.25" wide x 3.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Dr. Gerald Nosich is a Professor at Buffalo State College and Professor Emeritus at the University of New Orleans. He has given more than 250 national and international workshops on all aspects of teaching for critical thinking. He has also worked for the U.S. Department of Education on a project for a National Assessment of Higher Order Thinking Skills, served as the Assistant Director at the Center for Critical Thinking at Sonoma State University, and been featured as a Noted Scholar at the University of British Columbia.On a more personal note, he has at times exercised and not exercised good judgment: he has ridden a motorcycle alone to the ziggurat of Ur in Iraq; has worked as an immigrant ditch-digger in Switzerland; been imprisoned by Communist authorities in Czechoslovakia; stowed away on a Sicilian ship to Algeria; sailed up the Nile with his family in a felucca; lived with Maasai warriors in central Africa; and traveled across the Sahara to Timbuktu. He is a Hurricane Katrina refugee and lives far from future hurricanes in Buffalo, New York.

To the Instructor
To the Student
What Is Critical Thinking?
Some Definitions of Critical Thinking
Some Prominent Features of Critical Thinking
Three Parts of Critical Thinking
What Critical Thinking Is Not
Impediments to Critical Thinking
Deeper, More Pervasive Impediments to Critical Thinking
How Deep Is Our Need for Critical Thinking?
The Experience of Learning to Think Things Through
Getting Started: Clarifying with SEE-I
An Overview of the Book That Lies Ahead
Some Outcomes
Chapter 1 Exercises
The Elements of Reasoning
The Nuts and Bolts of Critical Thinking
The Elements of Reasoning
Purpose
Question at Issue
Assumptions
Implications and Consequences
Information
Concepts
Conclusions, Interpretations
Point of View
Alternatives
Context
A Visualization
Three Additional Elements of Reasoning
How to Analyze a Piece of Reasoning Using the Elements
Example: Thinking Through the Logic of Getting Married
Trusting the Process
Some Outcomes
Chapter 2 Exercises
What Is Critical Thinking Within a Field or Discipline?
The Parts of Critical Thinking Within a Field
Thinking Biologically, Thinking Sociologically, Thinking Philosophically, Thinking Musically ...
The Logic of the Field or Discipline
Box: An Analysis of the Logic of Earth Sciences
Box: Logic of a Literature Course
Learning the Vocabulary of the Discipline
Fundamental and Powerful Concepts
Box: Identifying Fundamental and Powerful Concepts
Box: Short Essay: Using Fundamental and Powerful Concepts to Think Through a Central Question in an Introduction to Sociology Course
The Point of View of the Discipline
Impediments to Thinking Critically Within a Discipline
Trusting the Discipline
Box: A Case
Some Outcomes
Chapter 3 Exercises
Standards of Critical Thinking
Clearness
Accuracy
Importance, Relevance
Sufficiency
Depth and Breadth
Precision
Understanding and Internalizing Critical-Thinking Standards
Additional Critical-Thinking Standards
Non-Critical-Thinking Standards
Evaluating Around the Circle
Critical Reading
Box: Standards Check
Some Outcomes
Chapter 4 Exercises
Putting It All Together: Answering Critical-Thinking Questions
The Core Process of Critical Thinking
How Do You Fit into the Picture? Becoming a Critical Thinker
Thinking Through Important Critical-Thinking Questions
Box: Thinking Critically About Questions
Critical Writing: Using the Core Process to Write a Paper
Some Outcomes
Chapter 5 Exercises
Responses to Starred Exercises
Notes
Index

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