Structure has already been mentioned several times in this book. We have seen, for example, that having a good structure is one of the characteristics of critical thinking. However, structure is also very much a criterion unto itself. For example, in the ‘Undergraduate Generic Marking Criteria’ developed by King’s College London there are three main criteria: Understanding, Depth of Knowledge and Structure.Looking in more detail at the ‘Structure’ criterion, we read that the best assignments are ‘Excellently structured, focused and well written’ and that ‘Compelling arguments are made’. From this we see that structure is not just about clear organisation, but about the quality of your arguments. Building on this philosophy, in this and the following chapters, structure is rarely considered in isolation; rather, I discuss structure in relation to answering the essay question.
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