Getting Critical

Getting Critical

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This concise, no-nonsense guide shows students how to adopt a critical approach in order to unlock their academic potential. It explains why students need to be critical and provides practical advice on how they can integrate critical analysis into their research, reading and writing. Each succinct chapter is visually engaging and informative, and gives students the support they need to succeed in applying critical thinking to their work.

It is an invaluable resource for all students who are required to write essays, reports and other pieces of extended writing as part of their course. It is also an ideal text to be used in conjunction with study skills programmes and critical thinking modules at HE and FE level.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 7.62mm | 90.72g
  • Palgrave
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd ed. 2014
  • 65 Illustrations, black and white; 128 p. 65 illus.
  • 1137402512
  • 9781137402516
  • 173,188

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'Be more critical!' 'Too descriptive'
Tutors often say this, but what does it mean? And how do you achieve that 'critical' approach you need for the higher grades? This practical guide shows you how. It: - explains what 'getting critical' means and why you need a critical approach to your work
- gives practical advice on getting critical in your research and reading
- shows you what critical writing looks like and how to write critically This new edition has more on developing argument in essays, on reading strategies and detailed examples of student writing.
Kate Williams manages the Upgrade Study Advice Service at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She is Series Editor of the Pocket Study Skills.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- PART I: GETTING A CRITICAL MINDSET.- 1. Getting Strategic.- 2. The Language of Assessment .- 3. The Stairway to Critical Thinking.- PART II: GETTING CRITICAL IN RESEARCH AND READING.- 4. A Critical Approach to Reading Lists.- 5. A Critical Search Online.- 6. But is it any good? Evaluating Your Sources.- 7. To Read or Not to Read A Critical Decision.- 8. A Strategic Approach to Reading.- 9. A Critical Record of Reading.- PART III: GETTING CRITICAL IN WRITING.- 10. Answer the Question!.- 11. Writing Paragraphs A Critical Skill.- 12. Writing for a Critical Reader.- PART IV: CRITICAL STEPS.- 13. Using Frameworks for Critical Analysis .- 14. Stepping up the Stairway to Critical Thinking.- 15. Becoming a Critical Writer.- References.- Useful Sources.- Index .
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About Kate Williams

Kate Williams manages Upgrade, the Study Advice Service at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She has worked with students from Foundation to PhD and has written a range of books and materials on study skills and is also the Series Editor for Pocket Study Skills.
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