An Interactive Guide
to Critical Thinking
This textbook examines logic in detail but seeks to incorporate three principles of practice, relevance, and feedback by providing numerous opportunities for the student to interact with the written ideas in the chapters. The author incorporates distinct themes throughout the text. First, examples of advertising are used as a common ground for the reader's understanding. Second, relevant examples from political history are provided. Third, claims of the paranormal and supernatural are included that are well known to the students, which are fascinating. The theme of psychology provides insight into the way the human mind works. The chapter on self-deception is almost entirely indebted to psychological research. Fifth, a conversational tone and humor are used so that students might better understand the material. At various places throughout the chapters, questions and space are provided for the student to interpret and personalize what has just been read. Many courses in logic are narrow in focus and lack problem solving strategies. For example, one will seldom find a chapter on creativity in a logic book. Yet, creativity is essential in problem solving. At the end of the chapters are numerous exercises to be used in class or as independent assignments involving problem solving dilemmas. In essence, this book attempts to incorporate the advantages of a text, reader, study guide and workbook into one book.
Issues: Exercises in Political & Social Decision Making
A collection of fictionalized cases written in an open-ended short story format. Each story presents the reader/student with a timely and thought-provoking dilemma to resolve. The compelling subject matter of each case captivates the interest of students and forces them to speak out and participate in the learning process.
Freed from the drudgery of presenting endless lectures, teachers find that they can interact with students on a higher, more meaningful level of the learning process. Additionally, students not only absorb material in a framework more easily remembered, they also enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills.
At the end of each case, a series of ten "forced choice" statements are presented to stimulate discussion. These statements make excellent group exercises for students to work on in class. Each case concludes with one or two final questions in which students are given the opportunity to write their analysis from the position of the main character.
Issues can be used in a wide variety of Social and Behavioral Science courses. It covers a wide range of topics: e.g., abortion, death and dying, drunk drivers, espionage, poverty, civil liberties, war.
Issues is a wonderful learning experience. Typically students share the material with family and friends. It is not unusual for students to bring friends to class to participate in discussions. Issues can make your classroom an exciting and timely learning environment. Your students will love it and so will you.