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Critical Thinking Building the Basics

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ISBN-10: 0534599761

ISBN-13: 9780534599768

Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Donald E. P. Smith, Glenn M. Knudsvig, Timothy L. Walter

List price: $61.95
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This text is a guide to critical thinking and composition courses. It covers just the basics of critical thinking using an acronym called TCDR (Topic, Class, Description, Relevance). The text grounds the student in the basics of the technique and uses exercises to drive lessons home. It also shows students how to use critical thinking across the curriculum. In addition, the new Part Three covers critical thinking in relation to using new computer technology. This book can be used as a main text or a supplement.
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Book details

List price: $61.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 3/18/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

The late Dr. Glenn Knudsvig received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in educational psychology. As a full Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at The University of Michigan, he pioneered research and instructional programs in high school and undergraduate Latin. He was President of The American Classic League. He published widely in the areas of undergraduate liberal arts education, instruction design, and training.

Dr. Timothy L. Walter received his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Michigan. He is Dean of Academic and Student Services at Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He has served as Director of the Academic Center for Excellence at the University of Illinois in Chicago, Vice President for Student Development at the University of Tulsa, Program Director of the Reading and Learning Skills Center at the University of Michigan, and a faculty member in the Division of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Walter has co-authored several highly successful texts including STUDENT SUCCESS: HOW TO SUCCEED IN COLLEGE AND STILL HAVE TIME FOR YOUR FRIENDS…    

Preface
Introduction
A Basic Strategy for Learning and Thinking Smart
The TCDR Strategy: Topic--Class--Description--Relevance
Good Answers to Key Questions
Introduction to TCDR
Identifying Topic and Class
Categorizing Information
TCDR in Textbooks
Making the TCDR Strategy Work for You
Exercise Set A
Developing Questions and Evaluating Answers
Improving Your Thinking by Getting Feedback
More Points for You to Evaluate
Thinking Point
TCDR as a Cognitive Strategy
TCDR: A Key to Strong Thinking
Developing More Questions
Learning from Another Person's Input
Exercise Set B
Another Strategy for Improving Thinking
Evaluating Your Own Answers
Getting a Second Opinion
More Points for You to Evaluate
Developing More Questions and Answers
Your Five Questions and Answers
It's Time to Move On
Reading Excerpt from Introduction to Psychology
Learning from Your Computer
Learning from Your Computer Need Not Be a Problem
Questions You Need to Ask about Using Your Computer
The End Product: What Is It You Want to Achieve as You Learn from Your Computer?
Simulating a Computer-Learning Experience
Principles of Success
Your Strategy for Using the Four Principles of Success
How to Use Your Computer to Find Questions and to Develop Answers
Develop Your Questions by Surveying Your Chapter
The Missing Link: What Do Good Questions and Answers Look Like?
Learning from Professional Journals
Learning from Books of Fiction and Nonfiction
The Psychology behind Learning to Learn
Conclusion
Part I--Answer Key