How to write a dissertation: developing your critical thinking

There are 5 major factors that make up proper critical thinking within a dissertation. Critical thinking adds colour to your assignment and also teaches you the disciplines associated with reason and communication.

It will help you to keep the following as a guide for when you write or edit your dissertation.

Identifying problems and knowing how to deal with them

To begin with, your dissertation must either pose a question that needs answering, or a problem that needs solving. If you fail to include this step, your dissertation will not be considered a paper that contributes anything to your field of study. Show your reader that what you have to say will provide something of value to anyone who takes the time to consider it.

Sourcing information needed to solve the problem

Now that you’ve identified the issues that need resolving, you can start to take the reader on a journey of discovery. Answers are out there, and you and the reader must together source those answers in a logical and ordered fashion. Let your writing convey this journey-like approach.

Applying information practically to the real life existence of the problem

Once information is found, you will need to prove its ability to solve the problem or answer the question. To do this, you will need to showcase its relevance to the problem and how it can contribute to solving the problem in a realistic sense. This is where theory transitions into methodology so make sure you use this area of investigation to build your case.

Testing all theories

Everything you find that is pertinent to your argument must be scrutinized and proven to be accurate. Relevance should also be tested every step of the way. This provides for much writing material which will keep your reader intrigued and on track with your argument.

Noting the evaluations and experiences of others

One of the main points of critical thinking is to expand your viewpoint further than your own opinion. Based on what others have experienced, you can achieve a much broader sense of discussion. This approach ensures a well rounded dissertation that looks at your topic from all sides. Your reader will respect your writing if you refrain from being overly opinionated, and stick to pointing out the facts instead.