Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates

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SAGE, Apr 30, 2016 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 296 pages

Reading critically, and writing using critical techniques, are crucial skills you need to apply to your academic work. Practical and engaging, Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates is bursting with tools for analysing texts and structuring critical reviews, helping you to gradually build your skills beyond undergraduate level and gain confidence in your ability to critically read and write.

New to this 3rd edition:

  • Introduces a technique for developing critical thinking skills by interrogating paper abstracts

  • Additional diagrams, exercises and concept explanations, enabling you to more easily understand and apply the various approaches

  • A glossary, to help with understanding of key terms.

Also new for this edition, 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.

If you need to engage with published (or unpublished) literature such as essays, dissertations or theses, research papers or oral presentations, this proven guide helps you develop a reflective and advanced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.

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!



Staczek 2005
List of figures and tables
A Mental Map for Navigating the Literature
Knowledge Claims and Their Key Characteristics
Developing a Critical Analysis of a Text
A Worked Example of a Critical Analysis
Developing Your Argument in Writing a Critical
Dissertation Structures
dissertation structures 207


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About the author (2016)

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.

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