Critical Thinking (Paperback)

Tools for Evaluating Research

By Peter M. Nardi

University of California Press, 9780520291843, 168pp.

Publication Date: August 15, 2017

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Critical Thinking prepares students to thoughtfully interpret information and develop a sophisticated understanding of our increasingly complex and multi-mediated world. Peter M. Nardi’s approach helps students sharpen their critical thinking skills and improve their analytical reasoning, enabling them to ward off gullibility, develop insightful skepticism, and ask the right questions about material online, in the mass media, or in scholarly publications. Students will learn to understand common errors in thinking; create reliable and valid research methodologies; understand social science concepts needed to make sense of popular and academic claims; and communicate, apply, and integrate the methods learned in both research and daily life.

A companion website includes links to articles and books mentioned in the chapters, illustrative items, videos, and current news and research that elaborate on each chapter’s key concepts. 

About the Author

Peter M. Nardi is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Pitzer College. He is the author of Doing Survey Research: A Guide to Quantitative Methods.

Praise For Critical Thinking: Tools for Evaluating Research

“Clear and concise, ... this book is helpful for anyone looking to enhance their critical thinking skills.”

— University of Houston Law Center O'Quinn Law Library