Critique_Criteria_fo - • Is there a clear problem statement or hypothesis • What claims are made • Is the argument consistent • What kinds

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The General Criteria for Evaluating Texts Criteria Possible focus questions Significance and contribution to the field What is the author’s aim/purpose? To what extent has this aim been achieved? How does this text contribute to this field/profession? (This could be in terms of theory, data, and/or practical application) What relationship does it bear to other works in the field? Methodology or approach (This usually applied to more formal, research-based texts) What approach was used for the research? (e.g. quantitative/qualitative, analysis/review of theory or current practice, comparative case study, personal reflection….) How objective/biased is the approach? Are the results valid and reliable? What analytical framework is used to discuss the results? Argument and use of evidence
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Unformatted text preview: • Is there a clear problem, statement or hypothesis? • What claims are made? • Is the argument consistent? • What kinds of evidence does the text rely on? • How valid and reliable is the evidence? • How effective is the evidence in supporting the argument? • What conclusions are drawn? • Are these conclusions justified? Writing style and text structure • Does the writing style suit the intended audience (expert/non-expert, academic/non-academic) • What is the organizing principle of the text? Could it be better organized? Adapted from Pam Mort, Lyn Hallion and Tracey Lee Downey, The Learning Centre, April 2005, The University of New South Whales. Retrieved from
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2012 for the course ESL 501 taught by Professor Spear,a during the Spring '08 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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