Critical analysis angie Parkinson What is critical analysis?

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  • Angie Parkinson

What is critical analysis?

  • What do you think?
  • But you also have to evaluate if evidence supports conclusions:
  • Evidence: The philosopher, Socrates, was a man (fact and verifiable)
  • Evidence: My father was a man (fact and verifiable)
  • Conclusion: My father was a man, therefore he was a philosopher (false conclusion)

Descriptive Vs Analytical

  • State what happened
  • State the order of things
  • Say how to do things
  • State opinions
  • List details
  • States links between items
  • Give information

Developing critical thinking ability: Reading

  • Identify line of reasoning
  • Evaluate it
  • Question it
  • Identify evidence
  • Evaluate it
  • Identify conclusions
  • Decide if evidence supports these

Critical thinking 2: Writing

  • Be clear about your conclusions
  • Show clear line of reasoning
  • Present evidence
  • Read your writing critically
  • Have multiple perspectives
  • Analytical style - not in a descriptive/personal/journalistic

Critical thinking 3 - Listening

  • Listening to a speaker involves the same awareness as reading plus:
  • Consistency in the speaker - Are there contradictions? What could this mean?
  • Body language – Eye contact, speed, tone – does the speaker look/sound believable?

Critical Questions

  • Who? What? When? Why?
  • How far? How much? How often?
  • Is this true? How do we know?
  • What do we not know?
  • Which is preferable – and why?

Textual Analysis

  • Look at the images given and analyse them.
  • List, according to form and content:
  • What do they have in common?
  • How are they different?

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