Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life
- By Richard Paul, Linda Elder
- Published Jun 13, 2002 by FT Press.
- Copyright 2002
- Dimensions: F
- Pages: 384
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-13-064760-8
- ISBN-13: 978-0-13-064760-3
- eBook (Watermarked)
- ISBN-10: 0-13-151709-0
- ISBN-13: 978-0-13-151709-7
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DR. RICHARD W. PAUL is Director of Research and Professional Development at the Center for Critical Thinking and the Chair of the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking. He has authored six books and more than 200 articles on critical thinking. In over 35 years of teaching experience, he has won numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Perry Lecturer for the year 2000.
DR. LINDA ELDER is an educational psychologist, President for the Foundation for Critical Thinking, and Executive Director of the Center for Critical Thinking. She is highly published and has done original research into the relation of thought and emotion. She is a regular keynoter at the International Conference on Critical Thinking and is a recognized leader in the field.
Critical Thinking is about becoming a better thinker in every aspect of your life: in your career, and as a consumer, citizen, friend, parent, and lover. Discover the core skills of effective thinking; then analyze your own thought processes, identify weaknesses, and overcome them. Learn how to translate more effective thinking into better decisions, less frustration, more wealth Ñ and above all, greater confidence to pursue and achieve your most important goals in life.
122 of 132 people found the following review helpful
1st rule in business: Thou shalt not B.S. thyself,
This review is from: Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life (Hardcover)This book presents a process of analytical thinking that will help you make rational decisions. It also presents many thinking exercises you can apply immediately. Of great importance is the author's descriptions of how the brain tricks itself into making wrong decisions.
The writing is very readable and generally keeps you riveted to the material. However, you must frequently stop and think about the ramifications of what the author is presenting. Each sentence, paragraph, section, chapter is deeply thought out. There is great detail and information to consider.
The exercises were useful, although there were a few that were too simplistic. Sometimes the exercises were too repetitive to material just presented in the text (repetition of the same questions, in the same order). But overall, the exercises were most valuable and I will probably return there on later readings of this book.
There is one reviewer of this book that took issue with the... Read more
290 of 328 people found the following review helpful
Great expectations disappointed,
This review is from: Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life (Hardcover)Richard Paul and Linda Elder are affiliated with the Center for Critical Thinking, which I discovered several years ago when it was operating under the auspices of Sonoma State University. I first encountered Dr. Paul's writing through several fine pieces on the CCT web site, and they established my expectations for this book.
I should mention my misgivings about the phrase 'critical thinking.' It has critical mass as a buzz-phrase, and is susceptible to all of the risks that go with that--chiefly the risk that an assortment of people advocating widely different intellectual practices all find it advantageous to paste that popular name on their disparate wares. Even worse, I have encountered people to whom 'critical thinking' turns on the sense of 'critical' that means captious or disputatious, and who think of it as something nice people don't do; another entire camp seems to maintain that 'critical thinking' is achieved by nothing more than disparagement of reason and an... Read more
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This review is from: Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life (Kindle Edition)This book is a major disappointment. The writing is quite poor, grammatically and logically in places. The opening 3 or 4 chapters seem like nothing more than an advertisement for a a new type of spirituality. I felt like I was being preached at to find a higher pwer more than I was being talked to about ways to improve critical thinking. Perhaps the term "critical thinking" is the issue. It means different things to different people. To me it means thinking in a more analytical, questioning fashion to help you reach more well thought out conclusions. This book does not provide that.
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Table of Contents
1. Thinking in a World of Accelerating Change and Intensifying Danger.
2. Becoming a Critic of Your Thinking.
3. Becoming a Fair-Minded Thinker.
4. Confidence in Reason: Recognizing that Good Reasoning Has Proven Its Worth.
6. The First Four Stages of Development: What Level Thinker Are You?
7. The Parts of Thinking.
8. The Standards for Thinking.
9. Design Your Life.
10. The Art of Making Intelligent Decisions.
11. Taking Charge of Your Irrational Tendencies.
12. Monitoring Your Sociocentric Tendencies.
13. Developing as an Ethical Reasoner.
14. Analyzing and Evaluating Thinking in Corporate and Organizational Life.
15. The Power and Limits of Professional Knowledge (And of the Disciplines that Underlie Them).
16. Strategic Thinking Part One.
17. Strategic Thinking Part Two.
Glossary: A Guide to Critical Thinking Terms and Concepts.
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