Unlock your students' potential with Smart Thinking, a step-by-step guide to generating ideas, thinking creatively and conceptually and making decisions. The book begins by explaining what smart thinking is and how it develops the skills that today's employers covet. Part 1 unwraps the mysteries of conceptual thinking, with chapters on how to create new concepts and analyse existing ones, while Part 2 shows students how to release their creative potential and devise original solutions to complex problems. Finally, Part 3 shows students how to assess their ideas and solutions and come to a rational, objective decision. Chapters are packed with examples, top tips and `try this' activities for students to put their thinking skills to the test.
Smart Thinking will be an indispensable companion for students of all levels and disciplines who want to sharpen their thinking and improve the way they study.
Bryan Greetham was educated at the universities of Kent and Sussex, UK. He holds a PhD in moral philosophy from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is the author of How to Write Better Essays, How to Write Your Undergraduate Dissertation and Thinking Skills for Professionals.
Introduction.- 1. How Good Are We At Thinking?.- 2. What Is Smart Thinking?.- PART I: CONCEPTUAL THINKING.- 3. What Is Conceptual Thinking?.- 4. Creating Concepts.- 5. Analysing Concepts.- 6. Synthesising Ideas.- 7. How Will This Improve My Academic Work?.- 8. How Will This Improve My Employability?.- PART II: CREATIVE THINKING.- 9. What Is A Creative Thinker?.- 10. How To Generate Your Own Ideas.- 11. Structuring Your Ideas - Causal And Conceptual Relations.- 12. Designing Solutions To Problems 1: Using Analogies.- 13. Designing Solutions To Problems 2: Adapting Your Structures.- 14. How Will This Improve My Academic Work?.- 15. How Will This Improve My Employability?.- PART III: MAKING DECISIONS.- 16. What Makes A Good Decision-Maker?.- 17. Making A Good Decision - The Seven Stages.- 18. Assessing Risk: Decision-Making Under Uncertainty.- 19. How Will This Improve My Academic Work?.- 20. How Will This Improve My Employability?.- Conclusion.