Critical thinking skills : effective analysis, argument and reflection /

Cottrell, Stella,

Critical thinking skills : effective analysis, argument and reflection / Stella Cottrell. - Third edition. - xvi, 309 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm. - Macmillan study skills . - Macmillan study skills. .

Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-306) and index.

Introduction -- Glossary -- Acknowledgements -- What is Critical Thinking? -- How Well Do You Think? Develop Your Thinking Skills -- What's Their Point? Identifying Arguments -- Is it an Argument? Argument and Non-Argument -- How Well Do They Say It? Clarity, Consistency and Structure -- Reading Between the Lines: Recognising Underlying Assumptions and Implicit Arguments -- Does it Add Up? Identifying Flaws in the Argument -- Where's the Proof? Finding and Evaluating Sources of Evidence -- Critical Reading and Note-Making: Critical Selection, Interpretation and Noting of Source Material -- Critical, Analytical Writing: Critical Thinking When Writing -- Where's the Analysis? Evaluating Critical Writing -- Critical Reflection -- Critical Thinking for Your Future Career and Employability -- Texts for Activities.

Stella Cottrell's student-centred approach demystifies critical thinking and breaks down a complex subject into manageable chunks. With clear explanations, relevant examples and plenty of exercises throughout, this book helps students to develop their analytical reasoning skills and apply them to a range of tasks including reading, note-making and writing. This text will turn even the most hesitant student into a proficient critical thinker. This is an ideal companion for students of study skills, humanities, social sciences, business and arts programmes, where assessment includes essay and report writing. It is suitable for students of all levels.


Critical thinking.
Reflective learning.
Reasoning (Psychology)
Judgment (Logic)


370.152 CO.C 2017