critical thinking skills by understanding how Pilates works…and doesn't
IPC Instructor to assign a Pilates exercise and then Critical analyze the movement
with the following guidelines
Purpose of Critical analysis
- 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).
- Formulate and support
a point of view about your topic; base your viewpoint on your research,
observations and personal experiences.
you begin an analysis
- Research the topic,
gather the necessary data, experience and record your observations.
- 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?)
necessary components of your analysis
- Begin with a statement
of the position you are taking on the topic.
- Use materials from
books, classes, videos and the Internet to support your position.
viewpoint will be evaluated on the following points
- Did state your purpose,
central idea, or reason for the critical analysis?
- Did you give supporting
viewpoints from others?
- Did you provide sufficient
Resource documentation to support your opinions?
- Did you ask and answer
the HOW and WHY questions about your topic?
- Did you interpret
your resource material correctly?
- Did you submit your
analysis to a third party for editing or revision?
of writing critical analysis
- 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
- Failing to ask enough
HOW and WHY questions before the analysis process, making the central idea
unclear or insignificant.
- Describing what Pilates
instructors or Exercise Physiologists have already described rather than
asking how these exercises affect the Pilates client (their needs and abilities).
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."
Name: ___________________________________ Date: _____________________
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