This is a tricky aspect for some students and I think it might need some clarification. I think Poulson and Wallace is useful
Poulson and Wallace (2004: 6) suggest that it is important to:
· Have a sceptical attitude towards your own and other people’s knowledge and how it has been produced
· Have a habit of questioning knowledge and how this is produced
· Scrutinise claims and check the evidence for them
· Respect others’ points of view
· Be open minded
· Be constructive.
I think all of these points are useful. Some students on courses I have taught on have seemed to think it is mainly about finding fault and criticise texts for not being totally different kinds of texts.
Poulson L and Wallace M (2004) Learning to read critically in Teaching and Learning London: Sage.