National Conference on Student Writing and Critical Thinking in Agriculture
Teaching Critical Thinking: Skills versus Attitudes
(Including the Virtues of a Reasonable Person in a Critical Thinking Class)
Department of Philosophy
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY 82071-3392
Handout 1: Some resources for teaching critical thinking within an agriculture-based course
I. Major workhorse texts
These comprehensive texts emphasize the logical skills of critical thinking and include many exercises. They are valuable both as a reference for the instructor and in excepts (on e-reserve or in a course packet), for the students, though they tend to be more rigorous and so less accessible (without significant instructor assistance) to students.
Copi, Irving and Cohen, Carl. Introduction to Logic, 10th ed. New York: Prentice Hall, 1998.
Hurley, Patrick. A Concise Introduction to Logic, 8th ed. Belmont, CA. Wadsworth, 2003.
Salmon, Merrilee. Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking, 4th ed. Belmont, CA. Wadsworth, 2002.
II. Comprehensive texts that are more accessible to students and balance logical skills with rhetorical analysis of popular culture and politics to a greater degree than the workhorse texts.
Moore, Brooke Noel and Parker, Richard. Critical Thinking, 7th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2003.
Kahane, Howard and Cavender, Nancy. Logic and Contemporary Rhetoric: The Use of Reason in Everyday Life, 9th ed. Belmont, CA. Wadsworth, 2002.
III. Supplementary texts for courses that include a component on critical thinking. These shorter texts emphasize the logical skills of critical thinking and include exercises.
Epstein, Richard. The Pocket Guide to Critical Thinking, 2nd ed. Belmont, CA. Wadsworth, 2003.
Munson, Ronald and Conway, David. Basics of Reasoning. Belmont, CA. Wadsworth, 2001.