Critique. From the perspective of conflict and conflict resolution, identify one or more strengths and/or
weaknesses of the work that have implications for how conflict is understood, impacts viable points for
intervention and/or intervention strategies. For example, for this review,
What are the strengths and weaknesses of Louis’s article for conflict resolution scholar’s and practitioners
working toward social change?
Two questions. Identify two questions that stem from your reading and analysis. These can be questions left
unanswered by the author, next steps for research/analysis, or questions you might want pursue as a guiding
trajectory for your own learning. While these questions are not typically included in a literature review, they are
included to extend your thinking. They should follow from your key points and critique.
Tips for writing
As you prepare your response, please
Use the titles of the above prompts as the titles/headings for each section of your review. This structure will
help you in organizing your analysis and writing.
Please include a title or header pointing to the title of the reading you are reviewing.
Incorporate how the course materials support your observations and thinking; include APA formatted citations
and references as appropriate.
Generally, there are a variety of questions that may be relevant to a particular reading or resource you are
evaluating. The following questions are offered to help in your thinking but are not comprehensive and some
questions may not be relevant for a particular resource. All questions do not need to be addressed in any one
critique but are offered to aid your inquiry process.
Who is the intended audience? What is the purpose of the work?
What was the research question of the study you are reviewing or the resources thesis? What were the authors
trying to share or discover?
What is the relevance of the resource? Why is it significant?
Does the resource go into depth? Is it current? What doesn’t it consider?
What were the research methodologies? Analyze its literature review, the samples and variables used, the
results, and the conclusions.
Does the research seem to be complete? Could it have been conducted more soundly? What further questions
does it raise?
Was the research funded by a source that could influence the findings?
How are the authors viewed in the field? Has this study been cited by other authors? If so, how has it been
How are the references are situated within the conflict resolution field?
If there are conflicting studies, why do you think that is?