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Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates By Mike Wallace

Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates by Mike Wallace

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Bursting with tools for analysing texts and structuring critical reviews, this book builds the reader's skills and confidence with critical reading and writing.

Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates Summary

Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates by Mike Wallace

Reading critically, and writing using critical techniques, are crucial skills you need to apply to your academic work. If you need to engage with published (or unpublished) literature such as essays, dissertations or theses, research papers or oral presentations, this proven guide helps you develop a reflective and advanced critical approach to your research and writing.

New to this edition:

  • Two new chapters on basic and advanced writing skills
  • More advice on self-bias and perception
  • Updates and additional examples throughout
  • Updated online resources providing additional support.

A Companion Website provides additional resources to help you apply the critical techniques you learn. From templates and checklists, access to SAGE journal articles and additional case studies, these free resources will make sure you successfully master advanced critical skills.

The Student Success series are essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to planning your dream career, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips and resources for study success!

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 Chapter 1: What it Means to be Critical Chapter 2: Making a Critical Choice Chapter 3: A First Look: Interrogating Abstracts Chapter 4: Getting Started on Critical Reading Chapter 5: Getting Started on Self-Critical Writing Chapter 6: Creating a Comparative Critical Summary Chapter 7: Developing Your Writing Skills to Communicate Effectively Part Two: Developing an In-Depth Analysis Chapter 8: A Mental Map for Navigating the Literature Chapter 9: Tools for Thinking and Ways of Thinking Chapter 10: Reasons for Conducting the Research Chapter 11: Knowledge Claims and Their Key Characteristics Chapter 12: Developing a Critical Analysis of a Text Chapter 13: A Worked Example of a Critical Analysis Chapter 14: Developing Your Argument in Writing a Critical Review of a Text Part Three: Putting Your Critical Reviews to Work Chapter 15: Focusing and Building up your Critical Literature Review Chapter 16: Integrating Critical Literature Reviews into your Dissertation Chapter 17: Critical Literature Reviews in Alternative Dissertation Structures Chapter 18: Tools for Structuring a Dissertation Chapter 19: Using the Literature in Research Papers, Oral Presentations and Posters Chapter 20: Developing Advanced Writing Skills

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Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates by Mike Wallace
SAGE Publications Ltd
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