“Critical Thinking” by Wallace, Andrew, Tony Schirato, and Phillippa Bright.
Beginning University: Thinking, Researching and Writing for Success. St Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 1999. 45-61. Print.
After reading the writing on “Critical thinking,” I now understand how critical thinking encaptures more than just logical thinking and reasoning. It further includes aspects such as ‘creative thinking’ which helps to look at things with a different and new perspective instead of staying in familiar patterns that already exist. I already understood how critical thinking included problem-solving, reasoning, analyzing and evaluating but it was reassuring to see that critical thinking was not just for those who excel at logical thinking but for those of us who are creative and think differently.
The voice of the author in the text sounds informing and educating. Their tone is critical of what ‘critical thinking’ is and they thoroughly explain how we as students can use it during our study. Their use of 2nd person pronouns such as “You”, “We” directly addresses the reader and helps to capture the reader’s attention due to the inclusive pronouns. There is a slight authoritative voice which rather than sound commanding, it is used to inform and educate as the purpose of the text is to do so. My response to their voice, tone and approach are that I am eager to read and learn more about the subject as they used understandable text and real life examples that were relatable. This also made their language interesting despite being an informative text as opposed to an entertaining piece. The text was straightforward and relatively easy to understand which made me enjoy the text as a whole.