Habits of the Mind: Critical Thinking in the Classroom

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University Press of America, 1995 - Education - 204 pages
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Educators on all levels will benefit from this book that is dedicated to the importance of learning reasoning skills concurrently with subject matter. Habits of the Mind, written by a thirty-year veteran in the field of education, is ultimately concerned with the total strengthening of education in America through the teaching of logical and critical thinking.
 

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Contents

A Context For Knowing
1
Thinking and Thought
2
Two Reasons for Teaching Reasoning Skills With Subject Matter
5
Some Theory and a Model for Knowing
6
Applications
8
Truth Knowledge And Truth Claims
9
Truth
10
Knowledge
11
Applications
82
Language And Learning
85
To Develop Clear Precise Thinking Skills
86
To Understand the Nature of the Knowledge
95
Applications
99
Informal Fallacies
103
Fallacies Of Ambiguity
105
Fallacies Of Relevance
112

Claims to Know Truth
13
Applications
19
Conditional Reasoning
21
Sentence Reasoning
24
Propositions
25
Conditional Statements
26
Conditional Arguments
27
Chains of Reasoning
33
Applications
36
Classes and Reasoning
39
Logic In Learning
49
To Develop Clear Precise Thinking Skills
50
Understand the Nature of the Knowledge
54
Language
69
Definitions
71
Metaphors
78
Slogans
80
Fallacies of Presumption
118
Applications
125
Critical Thinking And Problem Solving
129
Some Characteristics of Problem Solvers
130
A Problem Solving Model
131
Problems of Language Sample Problem
132
Problems of Relationships
140
Problems and Practical Tasks
150
Applications
153
Changing The Paradigm
155
Appendices
161
Glossary
179
Select Bibliography
183
Index
199
Authors Biographical Sketch
205
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\Loren J. Thompson is President of The Ginosko Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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