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Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates (SAGE Study Skills Series) Paperback – 20 Apr 2006

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (20 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412902223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412902229
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 17.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A very clear, accessible introduction

that will be invaluable to

postgraduate students trying to

engage with reading and writing in a

critical way' - R.M. Lee, Professor of Social Research Methods, Royal Holloway University of London

About the Author

Mike Wallace is a Professor of Public Management at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. He is an Associate Director of the Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM), responsible for research capacity building in the management field. He is also the Economic and Social Research Council’s Strategic Adviser for Researcher Development. Mike is series editor of the Sage Learning to Read Critically series of books. His own research on managing change in the public services is reported in many books and academic journals.

Alison Wray is a Research Professor of Language and Communication at Cardiff University. Her research concerns the modelling of lexical storage and processing, particularly in relation to formulaic phrases, and it has been applied to language learning, evolution of language and language disability. Her two monographs Formulaic Language and the Lexicon (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and Formulaic Language: Pushing the Boundaries (Oxford University Press, 2008) are internationally acclaimed. Her current research is into dementia communication. She has a longstanding commitment to researcher training, including the developing of academic expertise. She is lead author of the popular undergraduate research methods textbook Projects in Linguistics (Hodder, 2012).


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I have been teaching literature review techniques to masters and PhD students for several years and I wholeheartedly endorse this book. Wallace and Wray have produced a clear, comprehensible and structured approach to critical reading and writing. The book provides a number of useful exercises and the worked examples are excellent. The book is essential reading for postgraduate students, researchers and educators in any social science discipline.
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If you are new in the field of academia and are feeling a bit lost where, critical reading and writing is concerned, then this is the book for you! It is carefully thought out, easy to follow and provides excellent examples within each section. I particularly found the section on writing a literature review useful as this area is always a bit of a minefield. This book is suitable for Post-Grads at all levels and even the more experienced student/academic may learn a few new skills.
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For someone who hasn't been to uni and learnt to write critically at this level, this book is a lifesaver! After being tasked with writing a 3000 word critical review on 5 journal articles, I didn't know where to start, but after just reading chapters 1-5 (enough for the first year in my opinion), I already have a much clearer idea of how to structure and present my essay. I find myself referring to it constantly. Also very readable and not difficult to understand. Highly recommended.
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I am a Bsc. student and I did not do too well in my first and second year essays. I got a book (Write It Right: A Handbook for Students by Palgrave Study Guides) at the end of my first year but that did not help much; I got comments from markers like "too descriptive" and "not enough critical analysis" duh.
At the end of my second year, in frustration, I decided to get this book. I figured if it is good enough for masters students, it will do a lot of good for an undergraduate like myself.
My first essay in my third year, I scored 72, far higher than my average for the last 2 years.
This book really helped and it has a lot of examples of critical analysis, critical evaluation and how you can read your own work critically.
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