Answered By: Hayley Hughes
Last Updated: Sep 07, 2015     Views: 1089

Critical Analysis is defined by the University of Leicester as:

  • “A clear and confident refusal to accept the conclusions of other writers without evaluating the arguments and evidence that they provide

  • A balanced presentation of reasons why the conclusions of other writers may be accepted or may need to be treated with caution;

  • A clear presentation of your own evidence and argument, leading to your conclusion; and

  • A recognition of the limitations in your own evidence, argument, and conclusion.”

Critical Analytic writing does the following:

  • Identifies its significance

  • Evaluates strengths and weaknesses

  • Evaluates relative significance of details

  • Makes reasoned judgments

  • Argues a case according to the evidence

  • Shows why a theory is relevant or suitable

  • Identifies whether research methods are appropriate or useful

  • Weighs up the importance of different component parts

  • Gives reasons for selecting options

Source: Cottrell S,S. (2003).The Study Skills Handbook. 2nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. p232.

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