CRI 710 Research Methodology-Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking

CRI 710 Research Methodology-Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking


The objective of this assignment is for you to develop your academic writing skills. The assignment requires you to conduct a critical, balanced, supported review of a third party source and prepare a short essay that demonstrates that you are able to write for an academic audience.

1. Select the 3rd party source for which you will undertake your analysis

2. Thoroughly read and understand the booklet entitled: “The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking, Concepts and Tools” by Dr Richard Paul and Dr Linda Elder, 2008, Foundation for Critical Thinking Press. A copy of this document is available on the course d2l content folders, in the sub-folder “Introduction and Schedule”. In particular: consult the sections on page 11 and 12.

3. Review the materials in the d2l folder “Scientific Writing and Reading”.

4. Following the principles in Paul and Elder, and adopting the advice in the “Scientific Writing” materials folder on d2l, prepare a critical review essay of no greater than 1000 words (provide a word count) that demonstrates your ability to write in a scholarly manner for an academic audience. Reference citations do not count in the total word count.

For this assignment, it is the quality, not the quantity of the writing that counts. Your submission should not contain any grammatical, spelling or punctuation mistakes. You are welcome to select any 3rd party source of writing, but if you are stuck, I recommend that you select ONE of the more interesting papers that you found during your literature review assignment and make this the focus of your piece. Make sure in the introduction to your composition you make clear which 3rd party source you have selected for the focus of your composition.

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