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    Hi Guys

    I have an essay due midnight tomorrow night

    I am just wondering if someone can help with my question I was sure I had it under control as it says in the unit information academic paper critical literature review.

    The question then asks what evidence we can find that supports a certain theory.

    So now someone at uni has said that we should be arguing / discussing both sides of the evidence....

    Help!! Please!! I can PM more details if needed.

    eta oh I am in 2nd year if that makes a difference
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    I don't study psychology, but generally a critical literature review involves finding out what is written about a certain topic, then trying to give a bit of a consensus.

    For example, you could say that the majority of the academic literature supports the idea that apples are better than pears, and provide some quotations to prove this. Then you need to acknowledge that there may be some academic literature that states that apples are NOT better than pears, supported with some quotations. It's mainly about summarizing the main points that other authors have made.

    To clarify - an essay is different because you are trying to promote your own point of view, and supporting that with examples from the readings. A literature review is saying 'hey, these are all the papers I've read. These are the main points people agree on. These are some points from the people that disagree.' Including quotations is a way of proving that you have in fact read a range of articles and have gleaned the major points, as well as the major points of difference.

    I hope this helps. Good luck!

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    See that is what I sort of thought. Of course not all literature supports Piaget. The question only asks for supporting evidence and does not ask us to discuss at all. Well this question doesn't. There is another question which clearly says discuss a theory.

    Far out so don't need this this week! The unit outline calls it a critical lit review and then on learnline website ( as I am external) it says choose an essay question!

    AHHHHH

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    Hmmm... Well then, that's not critical lit in my books, that's supporting lit.

    I would follow exactly what it says because that gives you grounds to appeal/whinge about it if they don't like it!

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    Didn't see it was an old post!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvs View Post
    I don't study psychology, but generally a critical literature review involves finding out what is written about a certain topic, then trying to give a bit of a consensus.

    For example, you could say that the majority of the academic literature supports the idea that apples are better than pears, and provide some quotations to prove this. Then you need to acknowledge that there may be some academic literature that states that apples are NOT better than pears, supported with some quotations. It's mainly about summarizing the main points that other authors have made.

    To clarify - an essay is different because you are trying to promote your own point of view, and supporting that with examples from the readings. A literature review is saying 'hey, these are all the papers I've read. These are the main points people agree on. These are some points from the people that disagree.' Including quotations is a way of proving that you have in fact read a range of articles and have gleaned the major points, as well as the major points of difference.

    I hope this helps. Good luck!
    Yep same as this

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    I saw this pop up again.

    There was a spam post someone wanting to sell essays or something.

    Anyway, I wrote the essay and I got a distinction which is okay. I think it was for developmental psych


 

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