1st Edition

Critical Thinking
An Exploration of Theory and Practice

ISBN 9780415411790
Published October 30, 2007 by Routledge
248 Pages

USD $49.95

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Book Description

In this book, Jennifer Moon explores and clarifies critical thinking and provides practical guidance for improving student learning and supporting the teaching process.

Key themes covered include:

  • different views of and approaches to critical thinking with an emphasis on a practical basis that can be translated into use in the classroom.
  • links between learning, thinking and writing
  • the place of critical thinking alongside other academic activities such as reflective learning and argument
  • critical thinking and assessment, class environments, staff knowledge and development, writing tasks and oral tasks.

Teachers in all disciplines in post-compulsory education will find this approach to defining and improving students’ critical thinking skills invaluable.

Table of Contents


Part 1 Introduction to the book

Chapter 1 Introduction: the topic, the content, the writer …

Part 2: Mapping the territory of critical thinking

Chapter 2 Critical thinking as an elusive concept: what critical thinking might be….

Chapter 3 Approaches to critical thinking in the literature

Chapter 4 Some of the broader issues of critical thinking – standards, objectivity and the cultural basis

Part 3: The person as a critical thinker

Chapter 5 The role of emotion, language and curiosity in critical thinking

Chapter 6 ‘Academic assertiveness’: being appropriately assertive as a thinker

Part 4 Taking Stock

Chapter 7 Critical thinking – a pause to take stock…..

Part 5 Epistemological development and depth in critical thinking

Chapter 8 Critical thinking and learners’ conceptions of knowledge

Chapter 9 Depth in critical thinking

Part 6 Critical thinking and pedagogy

Chapter 10 A defining statement on critical thinking and an introduction to the pedagogy Chapter 11 The pedagogy of critical thinking

Chapter 12 The Pedagogy of Academic Assertiveness

Part 7 Resources Section



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Jennifer Moon works at the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, Bournemouth University and as a freelance consultant. She is a National Teaching Fellow Award winner. Her other books include Learning Journals, Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning, Module and Programme Development Handbook, Reflection and Learning in Professional Development and Short Courses and Workshops.