Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Critical Thinking Skills. Developing Effective Analysis and Argument

Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Critical Thinking Skills. Developing Effective Analysis and Argument

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Critical Thinking Skills. Developing Effective Analysis and Argument Cottrell S (2005) Palgrave Macmillan, NewYork; ISBN 1403996857; PB; xiv + 250 pp; AUD 36.00

REVIEWER

LEA BUDDEN

Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing Sciences

James Cook University

Townsville, Queensland

This book originates from the impressive collection of study guides from Palgrave publishers. The title, 'Crideal Thinking Skills, Developing Effective Analysis and Argument' accurately describes the content of this book. The author has written for a wide audience, with the purpose of assisting the reader to understand and develop skills in critically evaluating and constructing effective written arguments.

Consisting of eleven chapters, the book includes practical exercises, textbox information and reflective questions to help reinforce the information and help the reader develop critical reasoning skills. The structure of the book begins with a description of the basic components of critical reasoning skills, then provides techniques in identifying effective and ineffective arguments, and finally leads to the process of writing and evaluating effective arguments.

The author discusses the differences between arguments and non-arguments in detail, and gives methods to assist the reader to evaluate the consistency, order, flaws, and logic of writers' arguments. …

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