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

Smart Thinking

Skills for Critical Understanding and Writing

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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.  

About the Author

Matthew is Professor of Internet Studies. He joined Curtin University of Technology in 1994, working in the then-School of Social Sciences and Asian Languages. In 1999 Matthew established the Internet Studies program and is now the foundation Head of the Department of Internet Studies and the university's first Professor of Internet Studies. He has also served as Associate Dean Teaching and Learning for the Division of Humanities (2003-2005). Matthew has been President of the Association of Internet Researchers (2005-2007), was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Fellowship in 2008 and was also awarded an Australian Award for University Teaching in 2000. He is currently Chairman of the Library Board of Western Australia, having served on the Board since 2003.

How to Use this Book

1. Smart Thinking
What is smart thinking?
How do we study smart thinking?
Why do we need to 'think smart'?

2. Claims: The Key Elements of Reading
Understanding language
More about claims
Claims and reasoning

3. Linking: The Key Process in Reasoning
Links between claims
The analytical structure of reasoning
Learning more about the analytical structure

4. Understanding the Link between Claims
Dependent premises
Special functions of premises
The link from premises to conclusion

5. More Effective Reasoning I: Better Claims
Well-formed claims
Well-founded claims

6. More Effective Reasoning II: Better Links
Effective use of dependent premises
Strength of support

7. What Kinds of Reasoning are There?
Deductive and inductive reasoning
Categorical and propositional logic
Five types of reasoning

8. Research, Reasoning, and Analysis
Reasoning and analysis
Information understood by where we find it
Information as it relates to other information
Information classified by the topic under investigation
Information as it relates to how we are using it
Direct and indirect sources

9. Planning and Creating Your Reasoning
The key analytical questions
Using the analytical structure for planning

10. Bringing It All Together: Narrative and Structure
Example text
Casting and notes on each paragraph
Capturing the essence of the text
Overall narrative flow of the text

Answers, Discussion, and Further Advice

Glossary of Key Terms and Concepts

Further Reading

Guide 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 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised