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date: 16 April 2024

7. p. 139Developing a Critical Approachlocked

7. p. 139Developing a Critical Approachlocked

  • Kevin GallagherKevin GallagherNewcastle Business School, Northumbria University


This chapter assesses the use of a ‘critical’ approach, which guides business and management students through their research and writing journey. To be ‘critical’ is to adopt a questioning approach; this is ideally suited to the problem-solving inherent in the assignments students will tackle at university—and also to those assignments in their future work situations that need a questioning approach. The chapter begins by looking at what critical thinking entails. It then considers how a student can take an evaluative rather than descriptive approach to assignments. Finally, the chapter includes discussion about how assignments can be improved and advice on interpreting the feedback provided by lecturers.

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