237130 A1 Wk1 Task #4 Writing Response 9/3

Response to Wallace, Andrew, Tony Schirato, and Phillippa Bright. ‘Critical Thinking.’ Beginning University: Thinking, Researching and Writing for Success. St Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 1999. 45-50. Print.

At the beginning of the reading the author talks about how university in general is a lot about critical thinking. I found it interesting to read about how students aren’t often aware or conscious of the methods of thinking they are utilising. When I thought about critical thinking I thought about it more in contemporary situations, thinking critically about new information or practices. Therefore, it was especially interesting to me to read about paradigms in relation to critical thinking, sparking a lot of thought.

The author’s tone is clear, concise and authoritative. The use of personal pronouns such as ‘you’ and ‘we’ makes the writing more personal as they are giving advice to university students. This made me as the reader think about what the author was saying in a personal context, relating it to my life. At the beginning of the reading the author’s voice seemed mildly patronising although this did not continue. The text was easy to understand as the writing was concise and straightforward. The use of historical references to Sun Tzu’s book The Art of War and the use of the word ‘civilisation’ by British in the 1800s helped to convey the author’s main points.

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