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Engaged and critical reading

"The skill of critical reading lies in assessing the extent to which authors have provided adequate justification for the claims they made. This assessment depends partly on what the authors have communicated and partly on other relevant knowledge, experience and inference that you are able to bring into the frame."

- Wallace, M. & Wray. (2011). 2nd ed. Critical reading and writing for postgraduates. UK: Sage, p 7.

In critical reading, you become actively engaged with the text; it goes beyond understanding. You explore how the information is delivered; you challenge the values and assumptions put forward; and you assess how content and language work together to convey meaning.

Critical reading involves asking questions about yourself as a reader, writer or speaker, and the material itself.

According to Rosen (1995),

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