Writing a Critical Review | My Assignment Tutor

Federation ,„.•Fir,„ UNI IERSITY•AJSTRALtAWriting a Critical ReviewWhat is a critical review? A critical review requires you to evaluate an academic text eg: an article, report, essay or book. You are asked to make judgements, positive or negative, about the text using various criteria. The information and knowledge in the text needs to be evaluated, and the criteria that should be used can vary depending on your discipline. That is, management, sociology, information technology, or literature may use different criteria. All critical reviews, however, involve two main tasks: summary and evaluation. Read your assignment instructions carefully to find out what proportion is required for each, and whether these should be presented as separate sections or as a combined text. Summary I Description:A description of the text:• The topic, or the main question it proposes to answer. • Why does the author think the question(s) is important? • The arguments (answers with reasons) that it makes. • The structure of the text or the method used to answer the question. • The evidence used to support answers. • The conclusions reached in the text. • Any further questions raised, but not answered in the text.These points should be summative and text-based, not judgemental unless combined with the critique. Be careful not to give too much detail, especially in a short review.Process of writing a review: Evaluation / Judgement / Critique: YOUR judgement about the quality or value of the text (for other researchers, or to practitioners in the field, or to students).An evaluation of the text using criteria appropriate to your discipline.When evaluating the text you could answer some of the following questions. The underlined terms are possible criteria:• Is the question the text tries to answer relevant, interesting, new, useful? • Who will find the text useful? Why? • Does the text give new answers or interpretations to an old question? • Is the text detailed, or brief? Simple or complex? • Is the evidence presented to support the answer extensive? Strong? Weak? Relevant? Persuasive? Contradictory? • Are the conclusions reached final, limited, qualified or preliminary?Skim read the text—note the main question or questions the text tries to answer and the main answers it gives 2. Think of evaluation criteria. Talk about the text and criteria with classmates. 3. Read the text again and note the important points in detail such as the subject, question, arguments and/or evidence, and conclusions made, and your evaluation using your criteria. 4. Read related texts, note differences or similarities and explain these. 5. Outline critical review, matching points of description with evaluation criteria. 6. Start writing review.Writing Skills for Postgraduates• • •June 2014 Copyright Monash University reused with permission■ IIIIIIIII IS ■ NM Ell ■ -■federation edu awitbraty I [email protected] edu au

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