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This week, we're looking at our favourite 'Directive Words'.
'What are they?' We hear you ask.
They are words that you will find used in the ABC assignment specifications and referred to by tutors when they talk about assignments.
The purpose of the list is to give you an understanding of the meaning of these words as they refer to your assignments.
If you have just begun the Level 3 Certificate, then this is a great introduction and support to beginning your first assignment. If you're embarking on year 1 on the Level 4 Diploma, then it is also a wonderful refresher from all you have completed - as it is for those beginning their second year.
If you're completing the Basic Intro to counselling, it helps you with understanding the words used for upcoming assignments if you are considering progressing next year.
So let's begin: not all of these are used in ABC assignment sheets, but it's good to give an overview.
*Analyse* Show the essence of something, by breaking it down into its component parts and examining each part in detail.
*Argue* Present the case for and/or against a particular proposition.
*Compare* Look for similarities and differences between propositions.
*Criticise* Give your judgement about the merit of theories or opinions about the truth of facts, and back your judgement by a discussion of the evidence.
*Define* Set down the precise meaning of a word or phrase. Show that the distinctions implied in the definition are necessary.
*Describe* Give a detailed account of the topic.
*Discuss* Investigate or examine by argument, give the reasons for and against.
*Enumerate* List or specify and describe.
*Evaluate* Make an appraisal of worth of the topic in light of its apparent truth or usefulness, include your personal opinion.
*Examine* Present in depth and investigate the implications.
*Explain* Make plain, interpret and account for in detail.
*Illustrate* Explain by use of concrete examples, or by the use of a figure or diagram.
*Interpret* Bring out the meaning of, and make clear usually by also giving you own judgement.
*Justify* Give adequate grounds for decisions or conclusions.
*Outline/Summarise* Give the main details of a subject, omitting the minor details.
*Prove* Demonstrate truth or falsity by presenting evidence.
*Review* Make a critical survey of the subject.
*State* Specify fully and clearly.
*Trace* Identify and describe the development or history of a topic from some point of origin.
Adapted from Marshall and Rowland (1993)
We hope you found this helpful.
See you next week for Assignments 101!