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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Getting Critical

ISBN 9781137013491
Publication Date July 2009
Formats Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Pocket Study Skills

Students need to think critically about what they read or hear. This accessible guide shows students what being 'critical' in their work means, and how to bring that 'critical' dimension into all the work they do. It addresses the need and the skills of being critical in relation to reading and writing and is ideal for students at any level.

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 including
Study Skills (Macmillan 1989), one of the first in the field. With experience of project management in both writing
and editing, she is also the Series Editor for Pocket Study Skills.

Introduction
PART I: GETTING A 'CRITICAL' APPROACH
Being 'Critical' at University
A Critical Approach to Anything
PART II: GETTING CRITICAL IN YOUR READING
A Critical Approach to Choosing your Reading
Reading to Understand
Reading to Understand the Detail
Reading to Weigh up Different Factors/Gain Perspective
Reading to see the Arguments
PART III: GETTING CRITICAL IN YOUR WRITING
Describe What you Know
Analyse to Show you Understand the Detail
Evaluate to Weigh up Different Factors/Gain Perspective
Argue your Preferred Position
PART IV: BEING ASESSED FOR GETTING 'CRITICAL'
Understanding the Language of Assessment
References
Index

Reviews

I found this book invaluable when having to write critically, the layout is easy to understand and the chapters are clear and take you through the stages required to do a great critical essay. I have recommended it to other colleagues and the feedback is great.' - Amazon review
'Getting critical turned out incredibly useful for my essay writing, it helped with so much. A definite recommendation to any university student.' - Amazon review
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