Reading academic texts

Reading academic texts - e. What factors (ideas, people,...

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Reading academic texts: In reading academic texts you need to develop a personal (but nevertheless academic and rational) response to the article/ theory/ chapter through (1) developing an understanding of the content and (2) evaluating and critiquing the article. Therefore, before reading a text closely, read the introduction or abstract and skim read the text to give you a preliminary idea of what it is about. Then read it closely and critically. Some questions to help you read critically are: a. What are the questions this book is trying to answer? How do you know? b. .What are the main points of this text? What is the work that each section is doing? c. Can you put them in your own words? d. What sorts of examples are used? Are they useful? Can you think of others?
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Unformatted text preview: e. What factors (ideas, people, things) have been included? Can you think of anything that has been missed out? f. Is a particular bias or framework apparent? Can you tell what 'school of thought' the author belongs to? g. Can you work out the steps of the argument being presented? Do all the steps follow logically? h. Could a different conclusion be drawn from the argument being presented? i. Are the main ideas in the text supported by reliable evidence (well researched, non-emotive, logical)? j. Do you agree or disagree with the author? Why? k. What connections do you see between this and other texts? l. Where does it differ from other texts on the same subject? m. What are the wider implicationsfor you, for the discipline?...
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