Series: Thinker's Guide
Paperback: 23 pages
Publisher: Foundation for Critical Thinking (October 2009)
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 3.8 x 0.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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The information in this might be okay, but the book is not worth paying more than $1 for. The organization that publishes it has it for free on its website. I wish I would have known that before purchasing this tiny thing. The book costs $3.99 to ship when it shouldn't cost more than the price of 1 regular stamp to ship it. Even if you like having a solid copy of something, I would just look at it on the website.
This 20 page mini-book was assigned reading for a grad class I took at Columbia International University. The booklet serves as an introductory guide to the concepts and tools of critical thinking and is by no means an in depth study of critical thinking. The mini-guide should be used to supplement other books related to the topic. Written by two critical thinking experts, this book can be used by professors and teachers to develop instructional activities, enhance teaching techniques, design creative classwork, and simply improve overall learning. The contents of the book briefly include the importance of critical thinking, the elements of thought, a checklist and criteria for evaluating reasoning, the problem with egocentric thinking, universal intellectual standards, a template for analyzing the logic of articles and textbooks and for problem-solving, essential intellectual traits, analyzing and assessing research, and the stages of critical thinking development. Several charts and diagrams are provided to help us better understand abstract ideas. Although the font is tiny, the content is well organized and easy to read. Bold numbers and letters are regularly used to highlight key information. This review pertains to the fourth edition which came out in 2006.
CRITICAL THINKING WAS MENTIONED IN ONE OF THE BOOKS I RECENTLY READ, SO I THOUGHT I'D SEE WHAT IT WAS. THIS BOOK IS A CONCISE GUIDE TO MAKING BETTER DECISIONS. HOW TO ANALYZE THE FACETS OF COMPLEX PROBLEMS & GET A BETTER ANSWER. INTERESTING.
This brief 23 page guide offers some wonderful concepts that can help improve critical thinking skills. It also describes how these concepts can be applied in areas such as problem-solving and analyzing/assessing research. The work would have been better had the authors used some examples of actually applying the ideas in the guide. However, overall the coverage of the book's subject matter is sufficiently deep, and the guide itself is small enough to be kept on hand anywhere for quick reference.
This book was a jok. It's more like a pamphlet, and comes with advertising. It has a "nonprofit" shipping label on it. I cannot even believe that 1) i have a class requiring this pamphlet (i wonder if the professor is the author?) and 2) i had to pay 3.99 plus 3.99 shipping. Had I known, i would have not ordered it and hoped for the best.
I thought this was a normal book - its actually just a tiny pamphlet. That was disappointing. However, the content inside is solid - very well thought out and communicated clearly. I think it would have been much more effective as a small book instead of such a tiny guide.
I really enjoyed this guide. As a result I purchased the complete set that is offered by the publishers. I recommend this guide and the set to anyone that wants to get a better understanding of the world around them.
I found the guide to be an excellent resource for improving one's critical thinking skills. In every academic article I read, employers are complaining that graduates do not have the necessary critical thinking skills needed in today's global environment. I plan to buy additonal critical thinking material as I progross through life.
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