Presentation on theme: "Academic writing skills Sara Steinke"— Presentation transcript:
1 Academic writing skills Sara Steinke GET AHEADPOSTGADUATE SUMMER PROGRAMME 2012Academic writing skills Sara Steinke
2 Aims of the sessionUndertake study skills audit of your academic writing skillsIdentify the key features of postgraduate academic writing skillsLook at the dissertation writing processConsider how you can develop your writing skills in preparation for your course
3 The importance of academic writing skills for postgraduate study Postgraduate studies require you to be a more active and engaged critical thinkerAs a postgraduate student you are expected to contribute to your field of studyInfluence postgraduate writing in 4 ways:1. Critical thinking2. Research3. Academic integrity4. Academic style
4 Critical thinking Think independently Provide original perspective on previous researchMake connections between ideas/between your work and other researchWriting skills:Organise your discussion into logical pointsEstablish clear connections between ideasCite relevant sourcesExplain, not just describe, quotes, examples
5 Research Become aware of the current knowledge in your field – deep and breadth– synthesise information– literature reviewYou will be expected to contribute personally to the knowledge in your field– creative thinking– presenting information in a new way, applying previous research to new problem, proving a thesis
6 Academic integrityGive credit for intellectual property that you borrow– paraphrasing, quotes, referencingBe familiar with intellectual property rights– opportunities to produce original work
7 Academic writing style Use formal styleWriting style does not have to be complicated/elaborateBe well organised and present ideas in logical orderPresent objective analysis that is critical without being too positive or negativeUse clear precise languageAvoid emotive language
8 Academic writing: key conventions Do not use contractions or slangUse the terminology of your fieldAvoid the first (‘I’) and second person (‘you’)Define key terms you use in a particular wayInclude only ideas that are relevant to your argument and subjectLimit ideas to one per sentence/single point for each paragraphBe kind to your reader – give reader clues (transition words, summaries) to let them know where they are in your argumentUse subheadings and sections
9 Think about the following What are thesimilarities betweenwriting a dissertationand writing an essay?Follows basic procedureAdheres to academic conventionsInvolves research skillsRequires writing in proseUses analytical reading /writing skills
10 Think about the following Individually designed piece of workPersonal involvementTime managementSelf-management and motivationLiterature searchPresentation/ structureMethodologyManaging your supervisorVivaWhat are the differences between writing a dissertation and writing an essay?
11 Structuring your dissertation Title pageAbstractAcknowledgmentsTable of contentsIntroductionLiterature reviewTheoretical framework/methodologyFinding analysisAnalysisConclusionsFootnotes/endnotesReferencesAppendices
12 Write down the three most important things about academic writing that you have learnt/thought about in this session?Why were they important to you?What are your areas for improvement in your academic writing?What are you doing to do to improve thisaspect of your learning?
13 Recap of the sessionUndertaken study skills audit of your academic writing skills– What are you doing well?– What are the areas for improvement in your academic writing skills?Identified the key features of postgraduate academic writing skills– similarities and differences between writing a dissertation and writing an essayLooked at the dissertation writing process– structuring your thesis– managing your supervisor– preparing for your viva
14 Wisker, G. (2007) The Postgraduate Research Handbook (Palgrave) support/phd-supportsupport/dissertations/pg_dissertationspostgraduate/index.asppostgraduate/writing.aspWisker, G. (2007) The Postgraduate Research Handbook (Palgrave)