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Critical Reading and Writing: Joan Mowatt, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde

One of the greatest challenges facing teachers when they engage with research and/or return to further study (often after a considerable period of absence from it) is how to engage with the literature (which often seems very daunting) and confidence issues around writing. With the focus upon a 'Masters-level profession' emerging from Donaldson, the issue of criticality has come to the fore as this is central to what constitutes Masters-level work.

Joan Mowatt's advice article covers:

What do we mean by criticality and is it the same as criticism?
Is criticality just related to academic reading and writing and research?
How can criticality be developed?
Use of comparative frames
Finding a voice
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