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Smart Thinking

How to Think Conceptually, Design Solutions and Make Decisions

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 328
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Macmillan Study Skills

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Recommend to library, View companion site

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22 April 2016

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Unlock your students’ potential with Smart Thinking, a step-by-step guide to generating ideas, thinking creatively and conceptually and making decisions. The book begins by explaining what smart thinking is and how it...

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Unlock your students’ potential with Smart Thinking, a step-by-step guide to generating ideas, thinking creatively and conceptually and making decisions. The book begins by explaining what smart thinking is and how it develops the skills that today’s employers covet. Part 1 unwraps the mysteries of conceptual thinking, with chapters on how to create new concepts and analyse existing ones, while Part 2 shows students how to release their creative potential and devise original solutions to complex problems. Finally, Part 3 shows students how to assess their ideas and solutions and come to a rational, objective decision. Chapters are packed with examples, top tips and ‘try this’ activities for students to put their thinking skills to the test.

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  • Shows students how to generate their own ideas, think conceptually, design solutions to the most difficult problems, play devil?s advocate and make their own decisions
  • Includes a wealth of practical activities and examples to help readers put the ideas and techniques into practice
  • Written by Bryan Greetham, bestselling author of How to Write Better Essays and How to Write Your Undergraduate Dissertation

Introduction
1. How Good Are We At Thinking?
2. What Is Smart Thinking?
PART I: CONCEPTUAL THINKING
3. What Is Conceptual Thinking?
4. Creating Concepts
5. Analysing Concepts
6. Synthesising Ideas
7. How Will This Improve My Academic Work?
8. How Will This Improve My Employability?
PART II: CREATIVE THINKING
9. What Is A Creative Thinker?
10. How To Generate Your Own Ideas
11. Structuring Your Ideas – Causal And Conceptual Relations
12. Designing Solutions To Problems 1: Using Analogies
13. Designing Solutions To Problems 2: Adapting Your Structures
14. How Will This Improve My Academic Work?
15. How Will This Improve My Employability?
PART III: MAKING DECISIONS
16. What Makes A Good Decision-Maker?
17. Making A Good Decision – The Seven Stages
18. Assessing Risk: Decision-Making Under Uncertainty
19. How Will This Improve My Academic Work?
20. How Will This Improve My Employability?
Conclusion.

Students using Smart Thinking have free access to a companion website featuring:

  • Multiple choice quizzes on topics such as logic, verbal reasoning and open and closed concepts
  • Exercises on synthesising ideas, structuring ideas, assessing risk and much more

Access the resources here: https://www.macmillanihe.com/companion/Greetham-Smart-Thinking/

This accessible and cleverly designed book will give all students the tools to sharpen their thinking, generate new insights, and be more creative. (Nicholas Jackson, University of Leeds, UK)
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Bryan Greetham was educated at the universities of Kent and Sussex, UK. He holds a PhD in moral philosophy from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is the author of How to Write Better Essays, How to Write Your Undergraduate Dissertation and Thinking Skills for Professionals.

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Bryan Greetham was educated at the universities of Kent and Sussex, UK. He holds a PhD in moral philosophy from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is the author of How to Write Better Essays, How to Write Your Undergraduate Dissertation and Thinking Skills for Professionals.

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