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This text is a guide to critical thinking and composition courses. It covers just the basics of critical thinking using an acronym called TCDR (Topic, Class, Description, Relevance). The text grounds the student in the basics of the technique and uses exercises to drive lessons home. It also shows students how to use critical thinking across the curriculum. In addition, the new Part Three covers critical thinking in relation to using new computer technology. This book can be used as a main text or a supplement.
Part One: A BASIC STRATEGY FOR LEARNING AND THINKING SMART: THE TCDR STRATEGY.
Exercise A: Introduction to TCDR. Exercise B: Identifying Topic and Class. Exercise C: Categorizing Information. Exercise D: Finding TCDR in Textbooks Across the Curriculum. Textbook Passages and Practices.
Part Two: MAKING THE TCDR STRATEGY WORK FOR YOU.
Exercise Set A: Developing and Evaluating Your Answers. Improving Your Thinking By Getting Feedback. More Points for You to Evaluate. Where Do You Go From Here? Using Your Own Textbooks. Your Next Challenge. Learning From Another Person's Input. Exercise Set B: Another Strategy for Improving Thinking. Evaluating Your Own Answers. Getting a Second Opinion. More Points For You To Evaluate. Your Next Challenge. Your Five Questions and Answers. It's Time To Move On. Reading Excerpt. Answer Key.
Part Three: LEARNING FROM YOUR COMPUTER.
Learning From Your Computer Need Not Be a Problem. Simulating a Computer Learning Experience. Principles of Success. How to Use Your Computer To Find Questions and to Develop Answers. The Missing Link: What Do Good Questions and Answers Look Like? Using TCDR. Learning From Professional Journals. Learning From Books of Fiction and Nonfiction. The Psychology Behind Learning to Learn.