Evaluating Psychological Information: Sharpening Your Critical Thinking Skills

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Pearson, Jul 1, 2004 - Psychology - 86 pages
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This text provides readers with the intellectual tools necessary to evaluate psychological information and to separate research from opinion and reliable evidence from propaganda. Proposing a four-step procedure, the text focuses on helping students evaluate psychological research and evidence from various (and sometimes incomplete or misleading) secondary sources. Step 1 involves identifying the source; Step 2 teaches how to understand the source by analyzing the central idea (Ch. 3); Step 3 teaches how to identify the source; and Step 4 instructs how to evaluate evidence from psychological research (Ch. 4). Each chapter opens with critical thinking questions and includes examples, practice, and feedbackżall essential parts of the learning process.

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Contents

lntroduction to Critical Thinking
ldentify Psychological Research Evidence
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Thinking Critically About Secondary Sources
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James Bell (Chicago, IL), author of A Cup of Comfort Devotional, is the editor of Alpha Books' Christian Family Guide series. He has compiled, edited, or introduced more than fifteen books. He lives in West Chicago with his wife, Margaret, and their four children.

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