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Writing a Critique
Please find below some tips for preparing your critique.
- First look at the criteria sheet which you will find in the Learning@Griffith website under Assessment tab. Navigate to Assessment 1 and then scroll down to folder saying Assessment 1. Open this and find the criteria sheet for marking – this will tell you what you need to include.
- The critique should set out:
– What article are you reviewing
– A brief summary of the article including what it’s aim was, what was studied, and the theory it is testing.
– A summary of the key principles and concepts of the theory and how these are applied to the problem
– Analysis of the strengths and limitations of the theory with respect to its application
– Discuss the implications for public policy and/or future research.
- Structuring and Referencing
– The critique should have a clear structure which is readily identifiable
– While this is not a research exercise, and therefore is not asking for lots of references, where you are using references (including the article being reviewed) ensure references use the APA system.
– Spell and grammar check!!
- Please ensure that the critique is 1.5 or double spaced in size 12 font.