ALDinHE Research Grants 15-16

Critical writing for postgraduate international and EU students

Jessica Hancock, Glasgow Caledonian University London

This project aimed to enhance the transition to masters-level study for international and EU students by addressing the requirement for critical writing. The research was carried out through semi-structured interviews with international postgraduate students, who were asked about their understandings and experiences of critical writing during their masters courses in business-related subjects. The interviews revealed that students understand critical writing as demonstrating that they have their own opinion, and that they can discuss the connections between sources. Students commented that lecturers rarely directly addressed critical writing, and that they often only realised after their first set of assessment results that they were not fulfilling expectations. In terms of developing their critical writing skills, students most valued working from examples of other students’ writing.

Keywords: critical writing, international students, postgraduate

For more information about the project, please contact Jessica Hancock jessica.hancock@gcu.ac.uk

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