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Criticality: Analytic Thinking

Criticality: Analytic Thinking


  • Introduction – Skills of Analysis
  • One: Conceptual Analysis
  • Sample Essay: A Brief Conceptual Analysis of Professional Development
  • Two: Analytic Philosophy
  • Sample Essay: Evaluate the Rival Claims of X and Y about Z
  • Three: Meta-Analysis
  • Four: Metacognition
  • Sample Essay: Metacognitive Reflections
  • Negative and Positive Approaches
  • Conclusion
  • Summary of Key Points
  • References

Introduction – Skills of Analysis

In this chapter, as part of the criticality which helps your essay to achieve a higher grade, we will explore four forms of analysis: conceptual analysis; analytic philosophy; meta-analysis – the second level organisation of your first level material, including comparing and contrasting, internal and external links, and evaluation; and metacognition. Each of these forms of analysis will be explained, examples will be given and you will see how analysis can be useful to your essay ...

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