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Definition:

Research that involves a formal analysis and evaluation of a text, production, or performance. Critiquing criteria are the standards, rules, or tests that serve as the bases for judgments.

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Etymology:

From the Greek, "discerning judgment"

Observations:

  • "Writing a critique is similar in many respects to writing a summary. Like a summary, a critique identifies the central problem or issue, defines the central claim, looks at the specific questions, notes experimental and theoretical approaches, and reviews the results and their significance. What a critique adds to a summary is the writer's own analysis and evaluation of the article. This does not mean, however, that the writer should seek only to point out the faults or flaws in an article. A critique should emphasize first what the article contributes to the field and then identify the shortcomings or limitations. In other words, a critique is a balanced appraisal, not a hatchet job."
    (H. Beall and J. Trimbur, "How to Read a Scientific Article," in Communicating Science: Professional Contexts, ed. by Eileen Scanlon et al. Taylor & Francis, 1998)


  • "The critique is the process of objectively and critically evaluating a research report's content for scientific merit and application to practice, theory, and education. It requires some knowledge of the subject matter and knowledge of how to critically read and use critiquing criteria. . . .

    "Remember that when you are doing a critique, you are pointing out strengths, as well as weaknesses. Developing critical reading skills at the comprehension level will enable you to successfully complete a critique."
    (Geri LoBiondo-Wood and Judith Haber, Nursing Research: Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-Based Practice. Elsevier Health Sciences, 2006)
Pronunciation: kreh-TEEK
Also Known As: critical analysis

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