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Smart Thinking : Skills for Critical Understanding and Writing - Matthew Allen

Smart Thinking

Skills for Critical Understanding and Writing


Published: 28th November 2012
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A new look for one of our best-selling communication titles   Smart Thinking: Second Edition is a practical, step-by-step guide to improving skills in analysis, critical thinking, and the effective communication of arguments and explanations. It combines an accessible and straightforward style, with a strong foundation of knowledge. This edition treats reasoning as an aspect of communication, not as an abstract exercise in logic. It not only provides detailed advice on how to practice better analytical skills, but also demonstrates how these skills can be used in research and writing. Smart Thinking emphasises how to develop arguments that are coherent and take account of their audience and context.  

How to Use this Book1. Smart ThinkingWhat is smart thinking?How do we study smart thinking?Why do we need to 'think smart'?2. Claims: The Key Elements of ReadingUnderstanding languageMore about claimsClaims and reasoning3. Linking: The Key Process in ReasoningLinks between claimsThe analytical structure of reasoningLearning more about the analytical structure4. Understanding the Link between ClaimsDependent premisesSpecial functions of premisesThe link from premises to conclusion5. More Effective Reasoning I: Better ClaimsWell-formed claimsWell-founded claims6. More Effective Reasoning II: Better LinksEffective use of dependent premisesRelevanceStrength of support7. What Kinds of Reasoning are There?Deductive and inductive reasoningCategorical and propositional logicFive types of reasoning8. Research, Reasoning, and AnalysisReasoning and analysisInformation understood by where we find itInformation as it relates to other informationInformation classified by the topic under investigationInformation as it relates to how we are using itDirect and indirect sources9. Planning and Creating Your ReasoningThe key analytical questionsUsing the analytical structure for planning10. Bringing It All Together: Narrative and StructureExample textCasting and notes on each paragraphCapturing the essence of the textOverall narrative flow of the textAnswers, Discussion, and Further AdviceGlossary of Key Terms and ConceptsFurther ReadingGuide to Important Skills

ISBN: 9780195524055
ISBN-10: 0195524055
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 28th November 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 25.5 x 19.1  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 2