Evaluating Psychological Information

Reihe
Prentice Hall
Autor
James Bell
Verlag
Pearson
Einband
Softcover
Auflage
4
Sprache
Englisch
Seiten
96
Erschienen
August 2004
ISBN13
9780205435111
ISBN
0205435114
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Description

This text provides readers with the intellectual tools necessary to evaluate psychological information, separate research from opinion, and distinguish reliable evidence from propaganda.

Proposing a four-step procedure, the text focuses on helping students evaluate psychological research and evidence from various (and sometimes incomplete or misleading) secondary sources.

• Step 1 involves identifying the source.

• Step 2 explains how to understand the source by analyzing the central idea (Ch. 3).

• Step 3 teaches how to identify the source.

• Step 4 instructs how to evaluate evidence from psychological research (Ch. 4).

Each chapter opens with critical thinking questions and includes examples, practice, and feedback-all essential parts of the learning process.

Features

  • The text helps students learn to think critically by actively engaging them in the skills of critical thinking.
  • Chapter-opening critical thinking questions guide and focus learning.
  • Perforated pages and workbook-style format allow for quick and easy testing and grading.
  • Extensive feedback throughout the text and following each exercise offers students immediate and frequent ways to assess their understanding of the material.

New to this Edition

  • New material on critically evaluating websites provides students with much needed tools to determine the reliability and credibility of information found on the Web.
  • More practice materials and feedback throughout give students additional opportunities to understand and retain key concepts.
  • Updated examples to ensure that the text remains relevant to today's students.

Table of Contents



1. Introduction to Critical Thinking.

Preview.

Key Questions.

What Is Critical Thinking?

Why Is Sharpening Critical Thinking Skills Important?

How Do Primary and Secondary Sources Differ?

What Will You Learn from This Book?

Check Your Understanding.

Exercises in Careful Reading.



2. Identify Psychological Research Evidence.

Preview.

Key Questions.

How Do You Identify Psychological Research?

What Is a Citation?

What Is Included in the Description of the Study?

What Are the Research Results?

What Are the Key Terms of Experimental Research?

Check Your Understanding.

Practice.

Exercises in Thinking Critically.



3. Thinking Critically About Secondary Sources in Psychology: The First Two Steps.

Preview.

Key Topics.

Step 1: Identify the Source.

Step 2: Read to Understand.

Propaganda Techniques.

Practice.

Exercises in Thinking Critically.



4. Identify and Evaluate the Research Evidence.

Preview.

Key Topics.

Step 3: Identify the Research Evidence.

Step 4: Evaluate the Research Evidence.

Practice.

Exercises in Thinking Critically.



5. Practice in Thinking Critically.

Preview.

Practice: Use the Four Steps To Think Critically.

Key Concepts for Thinking Critically.

Exercises in Thinking Critically.



6. Use the Four Steps to Think Critically.

Preview.

Four Steps to Use When Thinking Critically.

Step 1: Identify the Source.

Step 2: Read to Understand.

Step 3: Identify the Research Evidence.

Step 4: Evaluate the Research Evidence.

Exercise in Thinking Critically.



7. Thinking Critically About Sources on the Web.

Preview.

Key Topics.

Evaluating Sources on the Web.

APA Style.

Exercise in Thinking Critically.



Answer Keys.

Answer Key for 1.1.

Answer Key for 2.1.

Answer Key for 3.1.

Answer Key for 4.1.

Answer Key for 5.1.



References.


Charts.


Index.


Glossary of Selected Terms.


Key Concepts for Thinking Critically.


Questions to Use When Thinking Critically.

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