March 31, 2015

RDM essay Critical evaluation

I was brainstorming how exactly to approach this assignment but i found something that helped me understand it a little better

So for all those doing their RDM assignment i found a usefull little paragraph online helping explain what critically evaluating entails.

In order to evaluate a thing you must first say what it is. So begin by setting out the principal points of the theory under investigation. For this part of the exercise you can assume that the theory is fully correct & has no holes in it.

After you have explained the theory, you must criticise it. At this point you must probe the theory for weaknesses by trying to find all the ways in which it might be false. Some of the questions you might ask are:
(1) Is it logically valid.
(2) Is it internally consistent.
(3) Does it cohere with what we know of the wider world.
(4) Has it ever been applied in practise.
(5) If "yes", what were the results. If "no", does it have any practical applications.

You can probably think of other tests you can apply, but this should give you some idea of what is required.

Finally, you must give your assessment of the topic under discussion. Here, you can think of your task by analogy with using a set of balance scales: put all the "pros" on one side, all the "cons" on the other & see where the balance lies

I hope the above helps, its only from a blog so please be careful about how you take this, it is not academically supported! but it helped me clarify so i hope it can help anyone else struggling too.

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