ERIC Number: ED361708
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
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Reasoning and Writing: An Introduction to Critical Thinking.
Hatcher, Donald L.; And Others
Combining instruction in critical thinking and expository writing with the study of classic texts, this textbook was developed at Baker University (Kansas) and is designed for use in a two-semester college course that fosters careful thinking and good reasoning in students. The textbook emphasizes the pedagogical principle that critical thinking and writing can best be understood, at least for beginners, as formal processes with clear strategies for success, and that some knowledge of formal logic is required to understand better the patterns of good reasoning. Chapters in the book are: (1) Introduction: Why Critical Thinking?; (2) What Is Critical Thinking?; (3) Understanding What You Read; (4) Evaluating Arguments: Deductive Reasoning and Logical Form; (5) Inductive Logic; (6) Informal Fallacies; and (7) Reasoning and Writing. Appendixes presents a glossary of grammar terms and a sample paper: additional appendixes discuss standards for written prose; correcting faulty grammar; documentation techniques; critical thinking and literary criticism; critical thinking and values; and predicate logic. An attachment describes the initial project from which the textbook was developed and presents a course description and list of readings. (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
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