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Critical Thinking Skills

Effective Analysis, Argument and Reflection

by Stella Cottrell

About the Author

Stella Cottrell is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement at the University of East London, UK. This position sees a return to the University of East London for Stella where she previously spent ten years working in educational development. Prior to her current position, Stella was Director for Lifelong Learning at the University of Leeds, UK.

She has an international reputation for teaching and learning with her publications for staff and students being used by universities and colleges around the world. First published in 1999, The Study Skills Handbook is now in its 4th edition and has sold more than ¾ million copies worldwide. Stella has authored a number of other bestselling study skills guides as part of the Palgrave Study Skills series including Critical Thinking Skills and The Palgrave Student Planner. Palgrave's interactive e-learning study skills resource, skills4studycampus, is also based on her work.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Glossary
  • Acknowledgements
  • What is Critical Thinking?
  • How Well Do You Think? Develop Your Thinking Skills
  • What's Their Point? Identifying Arguments
  • Is it an Argument? Argument and Non-Argument
  • How Well Do They Say It? Clarity, Consistency and Structure
  • Reading Between the Lines: Recognising Underlying Assumptions and Implicit Arguments
  • Does it Add Up? Identifying Flaws in the Argument
  • Where's the Proof? Finding and Evaluating Sources of Evidence
  • Critical Reading and Note-Making: Critical Selection, Interpretation and Noting of Source Material
  • Where's the Analysis? Evaluating Critical Writing
  • Critical Reflection
  • Texts for Activities
  • Practice Activities on Longer Texts
  • Appendix
  • Bibliography
  • Index