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Writing a Critical Review
Education Development Unit, University of New South Wales

What criteria can be used for evaluating an article?
The following criteria are useful:

• the timeliness of the article

• the degree to which the article makes an original contribution

• the logic of the view put forward

• the validity of the evidence put forward

• the theoretical framework used Is the framework valid? Has the framework been applied appropriately?

• the methodology used Is the methodology appropriate? Is the methodological approach explained clearly? Does the methodological approach have any weaknesses? Is the study sufficiently comprehensive and thorough? Is anything important omitted in the research?

• the findings Are the findings presented and described clearly and fully? Do the findings seem sound? Could the data be interpreted in another way? Do/does the author(s) account for everything in the data or do they ignore something that might be important?

• the validity of the conclusions

• the thoroughness with which the article treats the topic

• its value compared to that of other articles on the topic

• the appropriateness of the article for the intended audience

• the extent to which it might satisfy the specific needs of a specific user.

Centre for Academic and Professional Literacies, Institute of Education, University of London http://caplitswritingcentre.ioe.ac.uk/criticalreviews.html Evaluation
Evaluation is the most important part in writing a critical review. Evaluation involves stating whether you agree or disagree with what the author says or has done. You will want to use the literature to support your views.
Evaluation can be described as implicit and explicit. Explicit evaluation would take the form of a list of questions. For example:
I will review this article by focusing…...

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