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Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates By Mike Wallace

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A study skills guide that develops postgraduate students' ability to critically ask questions, and take a reflective and critical approach to their own research and writing.

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Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates by Mike Wallace

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'Written in a clear and straightforward fashion that is guaranteed to make you think, as well as encouraging constructive and engaging modes of writing that will improve your connection to your audience.' - Professor Graham Crow, University of Southampton

How do you respond to adverts? Do you believe what they say, or look for a hidden agenda?

Reading critically, and writing using critical techniques, are crucial skills you need to apply to your academic work. It may seem difficult at first, but you may already be a more critical reader than you think!

This guide helps you develop both the ability to critically ask questions, and a reflective and critical approach to your own research and writing. Broken down into three parts, it builds up your skills and confidence through focused activities that progressively develop your ability to critically read and write.

New to this 2nd edition:

  • A range of subject specific examples from areas including linguistics, education, business and management
  • Commentaries on using e-resources and features of e-research
  • New online resources including worksheet templates, chapter activities and free access to journal articles.

Look at the RESOURCES TAB to view and download the additional materials.

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'Mike Wallace and Alison Wray's book confirms that the answers that you get depend on the questions that you ask. One of the most important skills for researchers to acquire is that of asking the right questions, and they show that this process begins with identifying the questions that need to be asked about the existing literature on a chosen subject. Wallace and Wray demonstrate that critical engagement with one's sources pays dividends in terms of depth of understanding what those sources tell us. In addition, developing the skills of the critical reader also helps to make budding researchers into better writers, through the realisation of what works better and what works less well when communicating ideas and information. The book is written in a clear and straightforward fashion that is guaranteed to make you think, as well as encouraging constructive and engaging modes of writing that will improve your connection to your audience. '
Professor Graham Crow,
University of Southampton

Praise for first edition:

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

About Mike Wallace


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 concerns 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. Her current research is into dementia communication. She has a longstanding commitment to researcher training, including the developing of academic expertise. She is lead author of the popular undergraduate research methods textbook Projects in Linguistics (Hodder, 2012).

Table of Contents


PART ONE: BECOMING A CRITICAL READER AND SELF-CRITICAL WRITER What It Means to Be Critical Making a Critical Choice Getting Started on Critical Reading Getting Started on Self-Critical Writing Creating a Comparative Critical Summary PART TWO: DEVELOPING AN IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS The Key to a Mental Map for Exploring the Literature The Argument Component of Your Mental Map More Components: Knowledge, Literature, Intellectual Projects Developing a Critical Analysis of a Text A Worked Example of a Critical Analysis Developing Your Argument in Writing a Critical Review of a Text PART THREE: PUTTING YOUR CRITICAL REVIEWS TO WORK Focusing and Building up your Critical Literature Review Integrating Critical Literature Reviews into Your Dissertation Tools for Structuring a Dissertation Using the Literature in Research Papers and Oral Presentations Appendices Abridged article: 'One word or two?' Abridged article: 'Sharing leadership of schools through teamwork' Blank form for the Critical Analysis of a text Logic Checklist: developing a logical overall argument in a dissertation

Additional information

GOR004840811
Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates by Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace
Sage Study Skills Series
Used - Very Good
Paperback
SAGE Publications Ltd
2011-01-13
264
1849205620
9781849205627
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