WHAT IS A CRITIQUE?

A critique is NOT A SUMMARY; it is a thoughtful, creative paper that analyzes an article. This analysis is not exclusively negative, but can also be laudatory. Authors’ hypothesis OR statement identifying the aims of the research

Summarize the authors’ purpose and main points/evidence cited that are the backdrop for the current research.

To critically review the piece, ask the following questions:

What is the research question? Is there evidence in the literature to support asking it? Is it sufficiently different from that earlier work?

What are the methodological approaches?

Is the use of methods appropriate? Does it lend itself to internal (divergent or convergent validity)? and what about generalizability (external validity)?

What do they observe? How do they interpret these findings?

Do you agree with this interpretation? Is it in line with the work cited?

Is there other evidence that would support a counter-argument?

Are the article and the evidence still valid or are they outdated, leading to an invalid conclusion?

What limitations do the authors identify? What others do you identify?