Critical Thinking: What Every Person Needs To Survive in a Rapidly Changing World

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Author: Richard W. Paul 
: Jane Willsen, A.J.A. Binker
Publisher: Foundation for Critical Thinking
Copyright: 2012
ISBN: 0-944583-08-3
Pages: 572 Dimensions: 6" x 9" x 1.5" Weight: 2 lbs.
Binding: Soft Cover

In a world of shallow values, instant gratification, and quick fixes, this book is for those readers who see the benefit of intellectual traits, standards, and abilities that will enable them to cut through the propaganda, the information blitz, and make sense of the world. In this anthology of his major papers, Richard Paul explains how to help students become intellectually fit, how to build the intellectual muscle to overcome inherent self-deceptive tendencies and rise to the challenges of a rapidly changing world.


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Critical Thinking: What Every Person Needs To Survive in a Rapidly Changing World

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Critical Thinking: What Every Person Needs To Survive in a Rapidly Changing World

Are You Committed to Developing Your Students’ Minds?

If so, this book is required reading.
Because the quality of your thinking determines the quality of everything you do, critical thinking is fundamental to survival. In Critical Thinking: What Every Person Needs To Survive in a Rapidly Changing World, Richard Paul fashions powerful tactics for teaching and learning in every domain, canvassing critical thinking from a broad perspective. He views it sociologically, psychologically, and pedagogically. While clearly seeing its application across domains of knowledge and learning, he also sees the need for working out the details in specific contexts and domains.

By bringing his major papers together in one book, the reader is able to grasp the breadth and depth of the role thinking plays in human life and knowledge, and why reform of education grounded in critical thinking is essential to the future of humankind. It enables the reader to see why critical thinking must be cultivated from the earliest years of children’s lives and why the pursuit of critical thinking must be understood as a lifelong commitment.

Topics include critical thinking and: prejudice, the global economy, psychology, writing, definitions, reading, politics, emotions, higherorder communication, sociology, ethics, Bloom’s Taxonomy, democracy, self-esteem, assessment, pseudo critical thinking, the workplace, cultural literacy, egocentricity, philosophy, problem-solving, staff development, patriotism, leadership, indoctrination, writing, intellectual standards, the elements of thought, intuition, ethnocentricity, questions, national bias, leadership, multi-logical thinking, parenting, curiosity, authority,…

Editorial Reviews

“Dr. Paul's carefully crafted chapters masterfully make the case that an education based on the knowledge of facts without the wisdom to interpret them is a hollow deception and forcefully argues that critical thinking is essential to both effective learning and productive living.”
Dr. George Hanford President Emeritus,
The College Board

“A milestone in the emergence of the field of critical thinking, this volume reveals both the extraordinary breadth and depth of Paul's thinking.”
Dr. John Chaffee Reform Leader,
Author of Critical Thinking

“A valuable resource for anyone who aspires to broaden or deepen the quality of their students’ thinking—or their own.”
Dr. David Perkins
Distinguished Psychologist,
Harvard University