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1 Your exam paper Intro to Academic Writing

2 Your course paper Format: 6 to 10 pages in Times New Roman size 12 (2500 to 4000 words approx.) not including bibliography and illustrations Individual or in groups (groups of 2 have to present 8 to 12 pages, of 3: 10 to 14 pages) OBS: gruppeopgaver SKAL have individuelt hæfting Need to relate to course topics (I will godkende problem formulation in advance) Need to quote relevant bibliography from pensum Proper quotes (see Gauntlett)Gauntlett

3 The Academic Genre: Definition –documentation –of a study or ”case” –of a ”theoretical” problem –using the areas’s theories and methods –aiming at convincing a colleague –about the validity –of the results and conclusions of the study/investigation –presented in a manner acceptable to the academic discourse community (Rienecker )

4 The Academic Genre: Definition –documentation –of a study or ”case” –of a ”theoretical” problem –using the areas’s theories and methods –aiming at convincing a colleague –about the validity –of the results and conclusions of the study/investigation –presented in a manner acceptable to the academic discourse community (Rienecker )

5 What to write about: a problem –a lacune / hole / gap in knowledge –something not completed –an unexplained observation –a unfitting / standing out / ”strittende” observation –something not analysed categorized –something that bothers or tickles –opposites / contrasts that still cause discussion –something that can and should be argued –something fall does not comply with mainstream thinking –something that needs (re)evaluation, change, or construction –something in need of novel prescriptions / handleforskrifter (Rienecker )

6 The Academic Genre: Definition –documentation –of a study or ”case” –of a ”theoretical” problem –using the areas’s theories and methods –aiming at convincing a colleague –about the validity –of the results and conclusions of the study/investigation –presented in a manner acceptable to the academic discourse community (Rienecker )

7 Theories and methods: sources –Primary, secondary and tertiary litterature –Research papers (usually peer reviewed) –Conference papers (often peer reviewed) –White papers, technical documents –Internet (homepages, google, wikipedia, …) –Popular science –Magazines, newspapers, leaflets, You are responsible and accountable for the information you take from sources – be critical and improve your information competencies.

8 The Academic Genre: Definition –documentation –of a study or ”case” –of a ”theoretical” problem –using the areas’s theories and methods –aiming at convincing a colleague –about the validity –of the results and conclusions of the study/investigation –presented in a manner acceptable to the academic discourse community (Rienecker )

9 Papers should –argue –discuss –evaluate –investigate –nuance –problematize –prove –provide reasons for / begrunde –render probable / sandsynliggøre –show (Rienecker )

10 Papers should not –agitate –confess –entertain –evangelize / missionere –lecture / belære –popularize –postulate –praise –review / anmelde –talk about / causere –teach –turn down (Rienecker )

11 The Academic Genre: Definition –documentation –of a study –of a problem –using the areas’s theories and methods –aiming at convincing a colleague –about the validity –of the results and conclusions of the study/investigation –presented in a manner acceptable to the academic discourse community (Rienecker )

12 Types of readers Experts –Researchers –Developers –Fellow students –Teachers, examiners Laymen –Educated laymen –Laymen –Broad public –Unknown Others –Customers –…

13 The Academic Genre: Definition –documentation –of a study –of a problem –using the areas’s theories and methods –aiming at convincing a colleague –about the validity –of the results and conclusions of the study/investigation –presented in a manner acceptable to the academic discourse community (Rienecker )

14 Academic ideals –Information should be true or rendered probable –reasoning can be followed: method, argumentation, and structure –systematic and methodical –rest upon, refers and relates to earlier work –up-to-date knowledge of earlier work –attitude is unprejudiced, honest –considers contrasting information and points –language is clear and explicit – the reader should not need to interpret the meanings or points (Rienecker )

15 The Academic Genre: Definition –documentation –of a study –of a problem –using the areas’s theories and methods –aiming at convincing a colleague –about the validity –of the results and conclusions of the study/investigation –presented in a manner acceptable to the academic discourse community (Rienecker )

16 Acceptable relates to –Presentation (language, spelling, grammar, punctuation, …) –Formalities (references, footnotes, ….) –Format (often specified by publishers, house styles) –Contents –… The acceptable standards vary in different research communities and research/subject areas.

17 Questions for getting started –What is your interest based in/on? When did it start? –Do you have concrete examples and empirical data? –Have you made any observations? –Do you want to further any points? –What would you like to argue for? –Where do you see the most controversial/new/problematic in the topic? –How do you connect this to the area and theoretical? –On what basis do you want to make your arguments? –What is you purpose in addressing this problem? –How can working with this problem enhance your competances and toolbox? (Rienecker )

18 Next steps Problem formulation and paper focus (1 April) Structuring your papers (8 April) On quotes and writing process (15 April) Status report to writing group (22 April) Present your draft to class and experts (6 Maj) Hand-in date (21 Maj)

19 Academic Writing Materials Compiled by Anker Helms Jørgensen, who teaches our phd students this topic All material comes from: –(Blåsjö 2000) Blåsjö, Mona (2000): Uppsatsens yta och djup - Studenters skrivutveckling mellan B- och C-uppsats [Surface and depth of the student essay. Writing development of university students.] TeFa report 33, Dept. of Nordic Languages, Stockholm University. –(Booth 1995) Booth, Wayne C., Colomb, Gregory G., and Williams, Joseph M. (1995): The Craft of Research. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. –(Heltberg 1997) Heltberg, Eva and Kock, Christian (red): Skrivehåndbogen [The Writer’s Handbook]. Gyldendal, –(Rienecker 1997) Rienecker, Lotte (1997): Den gode opgave – arbejdsprocesser og kvalitetskriterier i opgaver på humaniora [The Good Essay – work processes and quality criteria in essays in the Humanities]. Gyldendal. –(Rienecker 1999) Rienecker, Lotte and Jørgensen, Peter Stray (1999): Opgaveskrivning på videregående uddannelser - en læreRbog [Writing essays in higher education – a Teacher’s handbook]. Frederiksberg, Samfundslitteratur. –(Rienecker 2000) Rienecker, Lotte and Jørgensen, Peter Stray (2000): Den gode opgave - opgaveskrivning på videregående uddannelser [The good essay – writing essays in higher education]. 2. udg. Frederiksberg: Samfundslitteratur. –(Rieneceker 2005) Rienecker, Lotte and Jørgensen, Peter Stray (2005): Den gode opgave. Håndbog i opgaveskrivning på videregående uddannelser [The good essay. Handbook in writing essays in higher education]. Samfundslitteratur. –(Swales 2000) Swales, John. M and Feak, Christine (2000): English in today’s research world – a writing guide. University of Michigan Press. –(Swales 2004) Swales, John M and Feak, Christine B. (2004): Academic Writing for Graduate Students – essential tasks and skills. Univ. Michigan Press. 2nd ed.


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