Authors: Richard Paul and Linda Elder
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Pages: 358 Weight: 2 lbs.
Binding: Hard Cover
You are what you think…
Drs. Richard W. Paul and Linda Elder, leaders of the Center for Critical Thinking, identify the core skills of effective thinking, then help you analyze your own thought processes so you can identify your weaknesses and overcome them. As you learn how to think more effectively, you'll empower yourself as never before, discovering new opportunities, avoiding disastrous mistakes, and gaining new clarity throughout your entire life.
six stages of thinking: which stage are you in?
The poor thinking habits
everyone falls into-and how to get out of them
Setting higher standards
for our thinking
Thinking more effectively
in the workplace
Strategic thinking: taking
responsibility for your own growth
the views of experts
for making more intelligent decisions
The ethical implications
of effective thinking
Caught in the maelstrom of life? Looking for a way to make sense of the chaos enmeshing you? Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life provides a method for unraveling the complexities of life and reweaving them into an integrated tapestry which gives meaning and purpose to the life of the individual and his/her relation to others.
This book is a natural correlative of a previous book by Paul: Critical Thinking: What Every Person Needs to Survive in a Rapidly Changing World. However, the current book is not about ‘survival’ but about ‘taking charge’. It deals with the fundamentals of critical thinking and their necessity and applicability in making the decisions which give direction to one’s life. It’s a book of questions, not answers, questions about one’s thinking which as Paul and Elder state in a graphic, pg 45, “your thinking controls your emotions and your decisions”. This book not only presents a mirror in which to see oneself through questions, but also presents the challenge to look honestly into the mirror with the view to improve the image.
Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life is written in a readily understandable and easily readable style. This is a book for Everyman. It is a book not only to be read, but lived.
Paul and Elder’s
“Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Personal
and Professional Life” provides the key to developing ones
mind as an active tool for quality thinking and ultimately better
decision-making in professional and personal life. This book explicates
the difference between quality thinking in professional practice
and flawed thinking. The authors challenge a personal self-examination
of the quality of the reader’s thinking with activities that
are insightful, cognitively interesting and structured so each component
of thinking is enhanced. The approach is practical, and meaningful
for the reader interested in developing as a critical thinker. Paul
and Elder’s expertise in dealing with the complexity of thinking
needed to survive in society today is illuminating.