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Critical Analysis

Master critical thinking skills by understanding how Pilates works…and doesn't

Ask your IPC Instructor to assign a Pilates exercise and then Critical analyze the movement with the following guidelines

The Purpose of Critical analysis

  1. Clarify something familiar to your readers; you should know your audience and your subject well enough to interpret, explain and evaluate the topic (analysis often details specific parts of the subject).
  2. Formulate and support a point of view about your topic; base your viewpoint on your research, observations and personal experiences.

Before you begin an analysis

  1. Research the topic, gather the necessary data, experience and record your observations.
  2. Ask HOW and WHY questions so that you interpret rather than describe your topic. (For example, how have Pilates’ instructors presented the Pilates’ method in the past? How have Exercise Physiologists recently interpreted Pilates’ exercises? Why do their interpretations differ? Why is it important to ask such comparative questions?)

The necessary components of your analysis

  1. Begin with a statement of the position you are taking on the topic.
  2. Use materials from books, classes, videos and the Internet to support your position.

Your viewpoint will be evaluated on the following points

  1. Did state your purpose, central idea, or reason for the critical analysis?
  2. Did you give supporting viewpoints from others?
  3. Did you provide sufficient Resource documentation to support your opinions?
  4. Did you ask and answer the HOW and WHY questions about your topic?
  5. Did you interpret your resource material correctly?
  6. Did you submit your analysis to a third party for editing or revision?

Pitfalls of writing critical analysis

  1. Treating your audience/reader as if they weren't familiar with your topic by including boring or unnecessary information. (For example, explaining an exercise, which they are already familiar with.)
  2. Failing to ask enough HOW and WHY questions before the analysis process, making the central idea unclear or insignificant.
  3. Describing what Pilates instructors or Exercise Physiologists have already described rather than asking how these exercises affect the Pilates client (their needs and abilities).

"There is a principle which is a bar against all information,
Which is proof against all argument and
Which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance.
That principle is, 'Condemnation before investigation."

Herbert Spencer

Student-teacher Name: ___________________________________ Date: _____________________

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