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Critical Thinking Skills for Education Students

Critical Thinking Skills for Education Students

Second Edition

July 2013 | 128 pages | Learning Matters
Revised and extended to cover critical reflection and evaluation of information resources, this new edition of Critical Thinking Skills for Education Students is a practical and user-friendly text to help education students develop their understanding of critical analysis. It outlines the skills needed to examine and challenge data and encourages students to adopt this way of thinking to enrich their personal and professional development. The text helps students to develop their self-evaluation skills in order to recognise personal values and perceptions. Critical analysis, modeling, case studies, worked examples and reflective tasks are used to engage the reader with the text - building both skills and confidence. 

This book is part of the Study Skills in Education Series. This series addresses key study skills in the context of education courses, helping students identify their weaknesses, increase their confidence and realise their academic potential. Titles in this series are suitable for students on:
  • any course of Initial Teacher Training leading to QTS;
  • a degree in Education or Education Studies;
  • a degree in Early Years or Early Childhood Education;
  • a foundation degree in any education related subject discipline.

Lesley-Jane Eales-Reynolds is Pro Vice Chancellor (Education) at Kingston University.
Brenda Judge is a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Elaine McCreery is Head of Primary, Early Years and Education Studies programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Patrick Jones, now retired, was Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Critical Thinking: Why Is It Important And What Is It Anyway?
Developing A Critical Mindset: Deconstructing Argument
Information (Digital) Literacy
Analysing Data And Interpreting Findings
Developing Your Critical Thinking Skills: Reading Critically
Developing Critical Thinking Through Writing
Analysing Your Own Writing
Assessing Criticality
A Critical Thinking Community
Critical Thinking In The Professional Context

In response to students queries about critical thinking, this book is suggested to them.

Mr Imran Mogra
Faculty of Education Perry Barr, Birmingham City University
December 18, 2014

A very useful and readerble resource for undergraduate students

Dr Godwin Tetteh
Business, London South Bank University
December 10, 2014

this is a terrific text for student-teachers in FE and HE. I recommended this for their wider reading

Dr Brid Connolly
Department of adult and community education , National University
November 26, 2014

Added to reading list for subject specialists

Christopher Russell
Faculty of Education Ormskirk, Edge Hill University
September 25, 2014

This is a useful book for students who are struggling with understanding learning outcomes which ask them to 'demonstrate a critical understanding of x' to 'critically evaluate y'. A good book to have on the 'additional reading' list. The activities are accessible for our undergraduate students.

Miss Alison Hardy
School of Education, Nottingham Trent Univ.
July 18, 2014

This book is a study guide for all those undertaking academic study on how to improve critical thinking skills.

There are some great reflective tasks.

Miss Syreeta Charles-Cole
Education, Carshalton College
July 3, 2014

A clear and concise publication that covers a good range of study related topics at an introductory level. I will be referring students to this text through the module

Mr Mark Tymms
Division of Youth & Community, De Montfort University
June 23, 2014

Great for working with large group teaching at university level

Ms Carol Lloyd
Childhood Studies and Psychology County Bishop Otter, Chichester University
June 2, 2014

Encourages analytical thinking of any issue. A user friendly book that is easy to read and understand.

Mrs Shirley Allen-Jackson
Sheffield Learning Centre, Workers Education Association
May 30, 2014

Useful for students who are unfamiliar with writing in the social sciences.

Dr Shaista Shirazi
Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
May 22, 2014

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