Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates

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SAGE Publications, Jan 28, 2011 - Education - 264 pages
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In Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates Second Edition, the authors show students how to read critically and how to write using critical techniques. This book is a 'must-have' resource for postgraduate students and early-career academics. It has been expanded and updated to include:

A range of examples encompassing disciplinary areas including linguistics, education, business and management Commentaries on using e-resources and features of e-research New and additional material available online including access to journal articles

This book is for postgraduate students, methods course tutors and researchers.

 

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Contents

1 What it Means to be Critical
3
2 Making a Critical Choice
14
3 Getting Started on Critical Reading
29
4 Getting Started on SelfCritical Writing
44
5 Creating a comparative critical summary
54
Developing an InDepth Analysis
67
6 The Key to a Mental Map for Exploring the Literature
69
7 The Argument Component of your Mental Map
80
Putting your Critical Reviews to Work
147
12 Focusing and Building up your Critical Literature Review
149
13Integrating Critical Literature Reviews into your Dissertation
167
14 Tools for Structuring a Dissertation
186
15 Using the Literature in Research Papers and Oral Presentations
197
Appendices
209
Appendix 1
211
Appendix 2
222

Knowledge Literature Intellectual Projects
90
9 Developing a Critical Analysis of a Text
107
10 A Worked Example of a Critical Analysis
117
11 Developing your Argumentin Writing a Critical Review of a Text
135
Appendix 3
237
Appendix 4
247
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Mike Wallace is a Professor of Public Management at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. He is an Associate Director of the Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM), responsible for research capacity building in the management field. He is also the Economic and Social Research Council’s Strategic Adviser for Researcher Development. Mike is series editor of the Sage Learning to Read Critically series of books. His own research on managing change in the public services is reported in many books and academic journals.

Alison Wray is a Research Professor of Language and Communication at Cardiff University. Her research centres on the modelling of lexical storage and processing, particularly in relation to formulaic phrases, and it has been applied to language learning, evolution of language and language disability. Her two monographs Formulaic Language and the Lexicon (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and Formulaic Language: Pushing the Boundaries (Oxford University Press, 2008) are internationally acclaimed. She has a longstanding commitment to researcher training, including the developing of academic expertise.

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