Higher Education

Critical Thinking for Working Students, 1st Edition

  • Michael Andolina, PhD. State University of New York - Empire State College
  • ISBN-10: 0766822532  |  ISBN-13: 9780766822535
  • 352 Pages
  • © 2001 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $136.00



This new text uses real-world employment surroundings and adult situations to teach critical thinking skills to working students. It extends concrete examples and exercises to practical circumstances in everyday experience in and out of the workplace. Building on and integrating the student's experience, the text provides a foundation for life-long learning. A case study approach allows students to use their new skills in resolving problems at work by having them solve problems "from scratch." Abstract reasoning skills and formal logic are related to practical work and adult experiences. The text integrates adult learning styles with the most recent scholarship on teaching critical thinking.

Features and Benefits

  • exercises and examples relevant to work experiences foster retention and practical application
  • discussion of moral reasoning relates directly to business ethics and ethical conflicts on the job
  • applies critical thinking and problem-solving skills to real employment situations
  • ideas for writing reports, analyses and papers improve communication skills
  • guidance in gathering information makes user comfortable with library and Internet searches

Table of Contents

Why Another Text in Critical Thinking?
Chapter 1: Introduction.
Chapter 2: The Importance of Language: The Role of Language in Problem Solving.
Chapter 3: The Nature of Arguments.
Chapter 4: Arguments by Analogy.
Chapter 5: The Formal Structure of Arguments.
Chapter 6: Thinking Things Through: The Moral and Ethical Aspects of Critical Thinking--Putting Your Skills to Use.
Chapter 7: The Use and Misuse of Empirical Reasoning.
Chapter 8: A Primer on Management Decision Making.