Although critical thinking can be used in any context, it is likely that you will apply it most when using written materials. The material presented in previous chapters is relevant to critical reading. This chapter focuses on applying critical thinking skills when reading for a specific purpose, such as writing a report or assignment. It looks at issues such as: • identifying theoretical perspectives; • categorising information to assist with its selective use; • using a critical approach to note-making when reading. Critical reading is different from other kinds of reading such as skimming or scanning text. The latter are useful strategies for locating information in a text and to develop a general feel for a subject. These strategies offer a useful starting place, although used on their own, they would usually result in a more superficial reading of the material.
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