Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates / Edition 2

Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates / Edition 2

by Mike Wallace, Alison Wray
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1849205612

ISBN-13: 9781849205610

Pub. Date: 01/28/2011

Publisher: SAGE Publications

This guide to critical reading and self-critical writing is a must-have resource for postgraduate students and early-career academics. Packed with tools for analyzing texts and structuring critical reviews, and incorporating exercises and examples drawn from the social sciences, the book offers step-by-step advice on how to:

  • Read any text critically

Overview

This guide to critical reading and self-critical writing is a must-have resource for postgraduate students and early-career academics. Packed with tools for analyzing texts and structuring critical reviews, and incorporating exercises and examples drawn from the social sciences, the book offers step-by-step advice on how to:

  • Read any text critically and analyze it in the depth appropriate to one's project
  • Develop a self-critical approach to one's own academic writing
  • Ask questions in order to evaluate authors' arguments
  • Keep a review manageable by using focused review questions
  • Structure a comparative review of multiple texts
  • Build up a convincing argument
  • Integrate critical literature reviews into a dissertation or thesis
  • Make the transition from postgraduate to professional academic writer

Essential reading for novice researchers, the book will also be invaluable for supervisors, methods course tutors, and academic mentors who teach and support the development of critical reading and self-critical writing skills.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849205610
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
01/28/2011
Series:
SAGE Study Skills Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Becoming a Critical Reader and Self-Critical Writer
What it Means to Be Critical
Making a Critical Choice
A First Look: Interrogating Abstracts
Getting Started on Critical Reading
Getting Started on Self-Critical Writing
Creating a Comparative Critical Summary
Developing an In-Depth Analysis
A Mental Map for Navigating the Literature
Tools for Thinking and Ways of Thinking
Reasons for Conducting the Research
Knowledge Claims and their Key Characteristics
Developing a Critical Analysis of a Text
A Worked Example of a Critical Analysis
Developing your Argument in Writing a Critical Review of a Text
Putting your Critical Reviews to Work
Focusing and Building up your Critical Literature Review
Integrating Critical Literature Reviews into your Dissertation
Critical Literature Reviews in Alternative Dissertation Structures
Tools for Structuring a Dissertation
Using the Literature in Research Papers and Oral Presentations

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