Smart thinking: Skills for critical understanding and writing

Paperback | November 23, 2012

byMatthew Allen

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Smart Thinking: Skills for Critical Understanding and Writing 2e is a practical, step-by-step guide to improving skills in analysis, critical thinking, and the effective communication of arguments and explanations. The book combines an accessible and straightforward style, with a strongfoundation of knowledge. The text treats reasoning as an aspect of communication, not an abstract exercise in logic. The book 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. In particular, itemphases how to develop arguments that are coherent and that take account of their audience and context.

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Smart Thinking: Skills for Critical Understanding and Writing 2e is a practical, step-by-step guide to improving skills in analysis, critical thinking, and the effective communication of arguments and explanations. The book combines an accessible and straightforward style, with a strongfoundation of knowledge. The text treats reasoning...

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 St...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 10.04 × 7.48 × 0.68 inPublished:November 23, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195524055

ISBN - 13:9780195524055

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Preface to first editionPreface to second editionHow to use this book1. Smart Thinking2. Claims: The Key Elements of Reasoning3. Linking: The Key Process in Reasoning4. Understanding the Links Between Claims5. More Effective Reasoning I: Better Claims6. More Effective Reasoning II: Better Links7. What Kinds of Reasoning are There?8. Research, Reasoning, and Analysis9. Planning and Creating your Reasoning10. Bringing it all Together: Narrative and StructureSummaryAnswers, Discussion and Further AdviceGlossary of Key Terms and ConceptsFurther ReadingGuide to Important Skills