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Critical Analysis

Critical Analysis

Critical Analysis/Thinking � Critical thinking is about moving from description to asking questions of

Critical Analysis/Thinking � Critical thinking is about moving from description to asking questions of what others are saying. � It is about questioning the origins of ideas, the assumptions behind the ideas, and the applicability of the ideas. � It is about keeping an open mind.

Specifically, critical analysis/thinking can involve. . � Agreeing with a particular point of view

Specifically, critical analysis/thinking can involve. . � Agreeing with a particular point of view and presenting reliable evidence to support the position taken. � Rejecting a particular point of view, but using reliable evidence to do this. � Conceding that an existing point of view has merits, but needs to be qualified in certain respects, and stating what these are.

� Proposing a new point of view, or reformulating an existing one that the

� Proposing a new point of view, or reformulating an existing one that the new version makes a better explanation for the situation under discussion. � Reconciling two positions which may seem at variance by bringing a new perspective to bear on the topic. � Connecting or synthesizing different ideas, so new approaches and points of view can be brought into the subject.

Stages of Essay Writing

Stages of Essay Writing

Essay Writing Cycle § § § § Analyse the question Plan Search for information

Essay Writing Cycle § § § § Analyse the question Plan Search for information Read Plan Write first draft, then get feedback Review: write second draft proofread

Search for information critically � Quality � Which � Type source? side of argument?

Search for information critically � Quality � Which � Type source? side of argument? of evidence? � Counter argument?