I Identify the basics of the topic
This is the introduction to your paper. Present the importance of the issue, outline context and potential ramifications. End your intro with a paragraph providing an overview of the following paper.
II Analyze the material
Analysis may be employed in different ways using different methods. Define your concepts and discuss your method. Analysis is about examination and synthesis: investigating components, identifying their qualities, strengths, and weaknesses, and connecting those in a coherent manner, demonstrating their relevance and importance for the whole. Always question content and relevance!
Have you received feedback suggesting you need to be more critical in your assignments? Are you baffled when asked to write critically or to critically evaluate a theory or policy etc? If so, the following information/links will help you to understand how to approach this: in order to write more critically you need to develop your critical thinking skills and then apply these to your writing.
Contact the University writer in residence for a 1-2-1 appointment to help to develop your critical writing skills, email for an appointment at: [email protected]
Cottrell, Stella. (2005) Critical thinking skills. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
Van den Brink-Budgen, R. (2010) Critical Thinking for Students. Oxford, How to Books.
Williams, K. (2009) Getting critical. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
Critical writing depends on critical reading. Most of the papers you write will involve reflection on written texts the thinking and research that has already been done on your subject. In order to write your own analysis of this subject, you will need to do careful critical reading of sources and to use them critically to make your own argument. The judgments and interpretations you make of the texts you read are the first steps towards formulating your own approach.
To read critically is to make judgements about how a text is argued. This is a highly reflective skill requiring you to “stand back” and gain some distance from the text you are reading. (You might have to read a text through once to get a basic grasp of content before you launch into an intensive critical reading.) THE KEY IS THIS:
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In this course, I ll share critical thinking techniques like: defining the real problem, the five why s, the seven so what s, blowing up the business, the 80/20 rule, and how to conduct insightful analysis. I ll discuss how you can apply these techniques to your daily work and how you can build a culture of critical thinking within your team.