Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates

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SAGE Publications Ltd, Apr 20, 2006 - Education - 240 pages
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'A systematic, coherent approach to developing critical reading and writing skills that are applicable to a range of different levels of analysis and types of reading and writing tasks. The authors are to be commended for the clarity of their writing and the way scaffolded advice and tasks are integrated into the text. The book could form the core text for a course on critical reading and writing and a useful reference tool for the academic recently entered upon writing for publication.' - Educate Journal

'A very clear, accessible introduction

that will be invaluable to

postgraduate students trying to

engage with reading and writing in a

critical way' - R.M. Lee, Professor of Social Research Methods, Royal Holloway University of London

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 analysing texts and structuring critical reviews, and incorporating exercises and worked examples drawn from the social sciences, the book offers step-by-step advice on how to:

" read any text critically and analyse 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.


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Chapter 1 What it Means to be Critical
Chapter 2 Making a Critical Choice
Chapter 3 Getting Started on Critical Reading
Chapter 4 Getting Started on SelfCritical Writing
Chapter 5 Creating a Comparative Critical Summary
Develpoing an InDepth Analysis
Chapter 6 A Mental Map for Exploring the Literature
Chapter 7 Components of your Mental Map
Chapter 11 Focusing and Building up Your Critical Literature Review
Chapter 12 Integrating Critical Literature Reviews into your Dissertation
Chapter 13 Tools for Structuring a Dissertation
Chapter 14 Building your Academic Career on Critical Reading and SelfCritical Writing
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3

Chapter 8 Developing a Critical Analysis of a Text
Chapter 9 A Worked Example of a Critical Analysis
Chapter 10 Developing your Argument in Writing a Critical Review of a Text
Constructing a Critical Review of the Literature
Appendix 4

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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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