If you are interested in what psychology has to say about how thinking works and how to improve your thinking then thought and knowledge an introduction to critical thinking belongs on your bookshelf richard e mayer psyccritiques lots of terrific psychology introduced clearly and attractively undergraduate students will enjoy reading this. Chapter 1 thinking an introduction 1 the need for critical thinking skills 2 the twin pillars of knowing and thinking 3 what we really need to know 5 thought and knowledge 6 a working definition of critical thinking 7 whats critical about critical thinking 9 changing how people think should it be done 10 commercialization of schools as a . Thought and knowledge an introduction to critical thinking by diane f halpern includes bibliographical references pages 593 623 and index thinking an introduction thinking starts here memory as the mediator of cognitive processes the relationship between thought and language reasoning drawing deductively valid conclusions analyzing arguments thinking as hypothesis . This is a very thorough textbook but not a good introduction to critical thinking its too long and the explanations are laboured it would be easy to get a good overview from something much less than half as long and i recommend you do just that by taking advantage of the many free moocs available on sites like coursera or futurelearn. Thought knowledge fourth edition is appropriate for use as a textbook in critical thinking courses offered in departments of psychology philosophy english humanities or as a supplement in any course where critical thinking is emphasized
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