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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking
Your Guide to Effective Argument, Successful Analysis and Independent Study

© 2018 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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Do you need to demonstrate a good argument or find more evidence?
Are you mystified by the comment "critical analysis needed?"
What does it really mean to think well—and how do you learn to do it?

Critical thinking is a set of techniques—you just need to learn them.

This helpful book is your personal toolkit for critical thinking. Author Tom Chatfield will show you how to sharpen your critical thinking by developing and practicing this specific set of skills, so you can…
  • Spot an argument and understand why reasoning matters
  • Discover errors and evaluate evidence
  • Understand and account for bias
  • Become a savvy user of technology
  • Develop clear, confident critical writing

In your critical thinking toolkit, you’ll find:

  1. The 10 Commandments videos: life rules to change how you think (Watch #1 of the 10 Commandments for Critical Thinking!)
  2. Smart Study boxes: excellent tips to whip your work into shape
  3. Quizzes: diagnose your skill level and test what (you think) you know
  4. Space to scribble!: journal your thoughts, questions, and eureka moments as you work
  5. #TalkCriticalThinking: connect and learn with readers from around the globe

Designed to work seamlessly with a power pack of digital resources and exercises, this book will provide you with practical and effective tools to think and write critically in an information-saturated age. Critical Thinking gives you the skills, insights, and confidence to succeed!

Learn more about author Tom Chatfield and the book!

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What is critical thinking (and why does it matter?)?
Chapter 1: Understanding the reasons behind things
Chapter 2: Spelling out arguments and assumptions
Chapter 3: Reasoning with logic and certainty
Chapter 4: Reasoning with observation and uncertainty
Chapter 5: Developing explanations and theories
Chapter 6: Assessing evidence and planning your reading strategy
Chapter 7: Getting to grips with rhetoric
Chapter 8: Seeing through faulty reasoning
Chapter 9: Understanding cognitive bias
Chapter 10: Overcoming bias in yourself and others
Chapter 11: Thinking critically about technology
Chapter 12: Putting it all together: critical thinking in study, work and life


Companion Website

Get a taster of the exciting digital resources to come with the book:

  1. 10 commandments video #1
  2. Interactive sample chapter
  3. BuzzFeed quiz to find out what kind of thinker you are
  4. Personal welcome video from Tom.
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Critical Thinking Videos
Watch over 20 videos of author Tom Chatfield discussing Critical Thinking and key ideas from his book, including each of his 10 Commandments.

This primer on critical thinking expertly introduces reasoning, argumentation, rhetoric, and bias, and how understanding those concepts can make us better readers, researchers, and writers. Chatfield chooses just the right combination of formal writing and casual address, creating the feeling that readers are learning from a trusted, witty friend.

Michelle Glatt
The American Reference Books Annual

Tom Chatfield’s Critical Thinking contains sensible, grounded examples, and illustrations...serving as a useful primer to the subject. This is a book happy to be written on, queried and argued with. The exercises sprinkled throughout are well judged and encourage a deep reading. The consistency of tone and design make it an impressive achievement, bringing light and clarity to an area which can present as murky and vague. I recommend it strongly. It will certainly be a useful addition to the teaching materials my school already uses, but its appeal goes well beyond classroom walls due to its breadth, depth and the clarity of its outlook...I would be very happy to see students and colleagues alike walking around campus with dog-eared, annotated and bookmarked copies of Critical Thinking.

Tim Jones
Schools Week

I can’t stress enough what an excellent addition this is to a rather - what I thought, anyway – saturated market. Well done to all involved! It’s a very comprehensive text, and one which I’d happily recommend to staff and students alike. I’ll certainly be drawing inspiration from it when building class resources in future.

Sunny Dhillon
Learning Development Tutor, Bishop Grosseteste University

Some people are naturally gifted critical thinkers (and, if you’re a researcher, it’s pretty hard to advance without some skill in that area) but for those who need to rethink their thinking or want a crash course in how to develop and hone their analysis skills, Tom Chatfield’s new book is well worth picking up… The engaging workbook-style layout helps keep the information being imparted consistently interesting and fun to absorb.

Joseph Rydholm
Editor of Quirk's Marketing Research Review

I was pleasantly surprised to discover how accessible and engaging this book is. Some other texts on the topic can be daunting and challenging to read, with concepts not always being easy to grasp. However, the subject is presented in a user friendly way.

Andrew Southgate
Nursing Times
Key features
  • Tom Chatfield’s writing style helps students master critical engagement, from thinking to reading to writing—to ultimately improve their essays and assignments
  • The book provides an integrated print and digital learning experience, directing readers in and out of the book in order to apply and reinforce critical thinking skills
  • Inspirational, interactive shareable quote pages of famous quotes regarding critical thinking, and space in the text offers students a chance to scribble and engage like a workbook
  • A fun and reflective digital toolkit of extras includes "10 Commandments" videos, animated tips, quizzes, and social media chat with the author to keep students engaged
  • Smart Study boxes share excellent tips to whip students’ work into shape
  • Quizzes give students a chance to diagnose their skill level and test what (they think) they know
  • Tom Chatfield is an experienced author and teacher/coach/dream supervisor, showing students how to learn, practice, and "get it" in a fresh, friendly, and practical way

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Understanding the Reasons Behind Things

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