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Critical Thinking

Developing the Intellectual Tools for Social Justice, 1st Edition

By Joseph Zornado, Jill Harrison, Daniel Weisman


216 pages

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Critical Thinking presents, defines and explains the intellectual skills and habits of mind that comprise critical thinking and its relationship to social justice. Each of the sequential chapters includes detailed examples and learning exercises that guide the reader step by step from intellectual competency, to critical thinking, to cultural cognition, and to critical awareness necessary for social justice. 

The book documents and explains the scope of multiple crises facing society today, including environmental destruction, income and wealth inequality, large-scale human migration, and the rise of autocratic governments. It shows how critical thinking, cultural cognition, and critical awareness lead to the possibility of solutions grounded in social justice.

All college students, especially those in the social sciences and humanities, will develop the intellectual skills necessary for critically engaging information in order to become active learners and effective agents in the world. This book complements information in introductory, interdisciplinary, or discipline-specific courses. Every chapter contains examples and exercises that can be assigned as homework, adopted as in-class activities, or both. The Conclusion also contains exercises for developing writing and basic mathematical competency skills.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Global Crisis; 2. Intellectual Competence; 3. Critical Thinking; 4. Cultural Cognition; 5. Critical Awareness; 6. Restorative Justice; Conclusion: Developing the Intellectual Tools for Social Justice.

About the Authors

Joseph Zornado is professor of English at Rhode Island College. He has published fiction, scholarly articles on literature and film, the books Inventing the Child (2007) and Disney and the Dialectic of Desire (2017) along with co-authored textbooks for social work and justice studies.

Jill Harrison is professor of sociology at Rhode Island College teaching justice studies courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Scholarly publications include research on incarcerated men with a history of trauma and recidivism and co-authoring Professional writing for the Criminal Justice System (2017).

Daniel Weisman is professor emeritus of Social Work at Rhode Island College and has published on civil liberties, public policy and pedagogy, notably Professional Writing for Social Work Practice (2018) and Professional Writing for the Criminal Justice System (2017). His practice includes policy advocacy and program evaluation.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General