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Critical Thinking Books

Critical Thinking for Students: Learn the Skills of Analysing, Evaluating and Producing Arguments

Description

‘Critical Thinking for Students’ first appeared in 1996 and has gone through four editions and eleven reprints. This is evidence of its considerable popularity over the past fifteen years. This fourth edition is completely revised and thus includes new examples, evidence, and exercises. It is based on Roy van den Brink-Budgen’s renowned approach to Critical Thinking which focuses on the nature of claims.

The book will be valuable for many different readers, including students following a course in the subject at school, college, or university. However, despite its title, it will be of considerable value to all those who wish to develop skills in the analysis, evaluation, and production of argumentation. Quite simply, it will provide the means to achieve clearer and more creative thinking.

ISBN-10: 1845283864 • ISBN-13: 978-1845283865

Review

When teaching for the OCR AS-level course I found this an ideal book – the right depth for teachers and the right length for students. It is written with such obvious enthusiasm for lucid and practical thinking that it can be recommended to teachers and students in any field. –Roger Sutcliffe, Chairman, Sapere

A really useful introduction to developing and improving a core skill –Association of Commonwealth Universities.

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Critical Thinking

Description

‘Critical Thinking’ is the 2013 edition of Roy van den Brink-Budgen’s book that was first published in 1996. The new edition has been substantially revised and expanded. It can be bought as a photocopiable book or on CD Rom.

You can see some sample pages at First & Best Education (PDF Link)

Prices:

  • Photocopiable version of the book: £29.95
  • CD with school-wide rights: £24.95
  • Both the book and the CD: £36.94

Prices include VAT.

Ordering

When ordering this publication, please quote the order ref: T1821EMN

  • By post to First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Way, Corby, NN17 4HH.
  • By fax to 01536 399 012
  • On line with a credit card at First & Best

Publisher’s reference: T1821EMN; ISBN: 978 1 86083 861 3

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OCR AS Critical Thinking

Description

‘Critical Thinking for AS’ is specifically written for students following the OCR course in this subject. It is available in both e-book form and in paperback.

The book covers in detail all the skills needed for success in the AS examination, with many examples and exercises, together with exam practice using questions from previous papers. It is endorsed by OCR, which shows that its content and approach fit with all the requirements of the board’s specification of the course.

Those teachers who wish to use it as an e-book should contact the exam board about this via this link : www.ocr.org.uk

It is available free of charge for centres.

You can also get detailed information (including getting inspection copies) about the book from the publishers at www.hoddereducation.co.uk

ISBN-10: 1444177540 • ISBN-13: 978-1444177541

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Advanced Critical Thinking Skills

Description

This book takes the skills introduced in Roy van den Brink-Budgen’s bestselling book Critical Thinking for Students and extends and builds on them. As a result, it will be especially useful for students on advanced level courses, whether in schools, colleges, or universities. It shows how complex arguments can be built up, analysed, and evaluated. It also shows how the use of various types of claim can be approached in argument, by stressing the need to ask a series of questions about their possible significance. The frequent role of explanation in the drawing of inference is also detailed. In addition, it applies Critical Thinking skills to decision-making, showing how these skills can clarify the choices available, their possible consequences, and the criteria needed to make decisions. In short, this book shows how to become an even more active and effective Critical Thinker.

ISBN-10: 184528433X • ISBN-13: 978-1845284336

Review

‘ – clear, easy to read, logical development of argument. Powerful section on ethics in decision making. I’ll be recommending the book to my postgraduate students, both those that are studying on a number of postgraduate pathways in the business school, and those who I am supervising for their dissertation. Dr Jonathan Smith, Chartered FCIPD, Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University, UK.

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Critical Thinking for AS Level

Description

Having been Chief Examiner for many of the years that Critical Thinking has been examined as an A-level, Roy van den Brink-Budgen has considerable experience in both teaching and assessing it at this level. This book was the first one that was specifically written for this examination, and continues to be widely used in schools and colleges. It provides comprehensive coverage of the skills and content needed for the AS-level by looking in detail at analysis of arguments, evaluation of arguments, producing arguments, and credibility of sources and evidence. It also includes a wide range of exercises.

ISBN-10: 1845280857 • ISBN-13: 978-1845280857

Review

‘Students will not only be able to better understand their course material but also to produce better essays and assignments.’ Focus on Business Education ‘When teaching for the OCR AS-level course I found this an ideal book – the right depth for teachers and the right length for students. It is written with such obvious enthusiasm for lucid and practical thinking that it can be recommended to teachers and students in any field.’ Roger Sutcliffe, Chairman, Sapere

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Critical Thinking for A2

Description

This was the first book to be published covering the OCR Critical Thinking A2 course. It continues to provide a comprehensive coverage of the skills needed for success in this examination. However, despite its exam-focused title, it is a book that will be useful for a wide range of advanced students, whether or not they are studying the subject for an examination.

It includes detailed sections on definitions, decision-making (including ethical considerations of this), interpretation of evidence, and analysis of complex argumentation.

ISBN-10: 1845280954 • ISBN-13: 978-1845280956

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OCR AS Critical Thinking: Unit F501: Introduction to Critical Thinking: Unit 1 (Student Unit Guides)

Description

This book provides a very focused guide to all that’s needed for success in Unit 1 of the OCR AS Critical Thinking examination. It includes an overview of all the skills and knowledge needed, and then takes the reader through the paper, question by question, revealing what the examiners are looking for. In doing this, it includes clarification of what the questions mean and always provides examples of full-mark answers (as well as answers which, in varying degrees, miss the target.) In doing this, it also reveals some curious aspects of the assessment.

Roy van den Brink-Budgen was Chief Examiner for six of the years that the subject has been assessed at AS-level. Thus his knowledge of the examination – and what candidates actually write (rather than what it is hoped they write), based on marking many thousands of scripts – is considerable.

ISBN-10: 0340969342 • ISBN-13: 978-0340969342

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OCR AS Critical Thinking: Unit F502: Assessing and Developing Argument: Unit 2 (Student Unit Guides)

Description

This book provides a very focused guide to all that’s needed for success in Unit 2 of the OCR AS Critical Thinking examination. It includes an overview of all the skills and knowledge needed, and then takes the reader through the paper, question by question, revealing what the examiners are looking for. In doing this, it includes clarification of what the questions mean and always provides examples of full-mark answers (as well as answers which, in varying degrees, miss the target.) In doing this, it also reveals some curious aspects of the assessment.

Roy van den Brink-Budgen was Chief Examiner for six of the years that the subject has been assessed at AS-level. Thus his knowledge of the examination – and what candidates actually write (rather than what it is hoped they write), based on marking many thousands of scripts – is considerable.

ISBN-10: 1844895548 • ISBN-13: 978-1844895540

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