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

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  • Tom Chatfield - Independent Author, Tom Chatfield is an author, tech philosopher and broadcaster
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October 2017 | 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!

SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources, and videos on study success!

 
What is critical thinking (and why does it matter?)?
 
PART ONE: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF BEING REASONABLE
 
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
 
PART TWO: BEING REASONABLE IN AN UNREASONABLE WORLD
 
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

Supplements

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 Access a range of free digital resources to support your teaching:

  1. Interactive sample chapter
  2. Welcome video from Tom ('What is Critical Thinking?')
  3. BuzzFeed quiz to find out what kind of thinker you are
  4. 'About Tom Chatfield' section
  5. Downloadable classroom materials
  6. Downloadable PowerPoint slides to support teaching
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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.

‘Critical thinking’ is easy to read with an engaging format. As a researcher, I think it will be useful for thinking about written and verbal arguments: helping readers make and recognise an argument, and understand when a valid argument isn’t being made.

Imogen Birch, senior researcher, Citizens Advice

Excellent text for explaining and encouraging critical thinking. Accompanying resources are useful too.

Clare Forder
Brighton Business School, Brighton University
April 5, 2019

I found this book extremely useful to read and translate to working examples for our BSc students. I would therefore highly recommend its use for all of our level 6 learners and will be utilising it for our larger scale intake in September 2019.

Lance Chatfield
technology marine and renewables, City College Plymouth
November 9, 2018

student-friendly
format
content
Excellent resource!
Have had much interest from other faculty in several institutions.

Dr Kay King
Administration of Justice, Johnson County Cmty College
August 8, 2018

A very good book which is very well written. I received a copy on time and it's on my reading list.

Dr Kweku Adams
Business Management, York St John University
June 7, 2018

The reasonable price of this text caught my attention immediately, but it was the lively, novel style of the text that "sealed the deal." I expect a Sage text to include comprehensive, top quality information and I wasn't disappointed here. My students love this text -- especially when compared with the style and cost of the book we used previously. Tom Chatfield is my critical thinking guru!

Catherine Pratt
Communication/Humanities Dept, Owens Community College
February 21, 2018

The book is easy and interesting to read with information that is in keeping with the context of education today and up to date with it's examples and scenarios. For example, it uses social media as examples to illustrate key points. This makes it real for the student. A fantastic resource.

Mrs Susan Hutchinson
School Of Health And Social Care, Teesside University
November 10, 2017

This is a very useful supplementary text to assist students in developing a critical 'edge' in their thinking and writing.
Very useful for project and dissertation work.

Mr Peter Beven
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
November 9, 2017

A thoroughly engaging introduction to critical thinking that can be truly personalised, with spaces to annotate included, to each and every learner as they read and explore this book.

Mrs christine jackson
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Hull University
November 6, 2017

I like this book a lot. It is very well written and has lots of practical exercises that compliment the theoretical discussions of the subject. The content is well presented in a visually friendly manner that the students like. This makes the subject seem less scary to them and increases their engagement with the material.

Mr Paul McCafferty
School of Social Sciences, Education & Social Work , Queen's University Belfast
October 27, 2017

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Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Understanding the Reasons Behind Things


Tom Chatfield

Dr. Tom Chatfield is an author, tech philosopher and broadcaster. His books exploring the skills required to thrive in a digital age, including ‘Critical Thinking’ (SAGE) and ‘Live This Book!’ (Penguin), are published in over thirty territories and languages. His debut novel, the thriller ‘This Is Gomorrah’ (Hodder), was published worldwide in July 2019.Tom is interested in improving our understanding of digital technology and its uses in policy, education, and engagement. He is currently technology and media advisor at Agathos LLP; non-executive director at the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society; a faculty member at London’s... More About Author

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