My dissertation is cumulative, meaning that it basically consists of the following three sections: Introduction, Chapters, and Conclusions. The introduction gives an extended literature overview and describes the overall research question. The chapters are copies of my published research articles. The conclusion section typically has the following sub-sections: critical appraisal, relevance of work, and outlook.
Naturally my supervisor gave me some ideas what the critical appraisal should look like and I can also look for inspiration in previous theses. Nevertheless, I wonder what a critical appraisal normally is. It seems to be a term mostly used in medical research. I wonder:
- Is this something typically used in academia?
- Is there a definition or a generally accepted form?
- What elements does a critical appraisal include?
- Is there literature or guidelines on how to write a critical appraisal?
Could you provide some insights on what a good critical appraisal (for a thesis) should look like?