Developing a critical approach to reading


Useful questions to ask yourself:

1.   What are the central claims/arguments of the text?

2.   What is the main evidence provided?

3.   How is the evidence substantiated?

4.   Is the substantiation credible?

5.   What assumptions are there behind the ideas/claims/argument?

6.   What are the weaknesses in the threads of the claim?

7.   What are the strengths in the threads of the claim?

8.   Are the claims opposed or validated by other people?

(Price and Skinner, 2007:153)

© Matthew Tizzard

Further reading:

Price, G. and Skinner, J. (2007) Support for Learning Differences in Higher Education London: Institute of Education