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1 Chapter 15 The Challenge of Writing Up Zina OLeary

2 The Challenge Because your write-up will be a considerable piece of academic work with major consequences attached to its quality, the writing process can be intimidating. There are, however, practical strategies that can improve the quality of your work and make the task less daunting. Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

3 Writing as Conversation The goal of your write-up is to share your research with others. Think of your write-up as a communication process or a conversation that demands the consideration of your readers. Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

4 Knowing Your Audience To write effectively you need to know your audience, including: who they are what they know what they are likely to find useful what their expectations are and what reactions they may have to your work. Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

5 The Standard Structure Your write-up can follow a standard structure that generally includes: 1. introduction 2. literature review 3. methods 4. findings 5. conclusion Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

6 Alternate Structures Your write-up can also follow an alternate structure that may better suit a particular projects aims and objectives. While alternate structures can allow for more creative expression, the standard format gives readers what they tend to expect. Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

7 Write As You Go Preparing research accounts and deliverables often involves a relatively unpractised from of writing. So its well worth writing as you go. In fact writing is now commonly recommended as a practice that should be incorporated throughout the research process. Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

8 Writing as Analysis Writing itself can be a form of analysis and can be central to the construction and interpretation of meaning. It can also be instrumental in the development of significant, relevant, logical, and coherent storylines. Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

9 Your Story Your research write-up should unfold as an interesting story. As the author of that story you need to: think of writing as a conversation become familiar with the craft find a voice develop a structure create a story line make convincing arguments get down to the business of writing and rewriting. Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

10 Writing Purposively Because each section of your write-up serves a different purpose, the writing required within each section varies. Overall, however, you will need to write purposively and convincingly. Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

11 Seeking Feedback Incorporation of relevant feedback requires both specific and appropriate requests and a willingness to accept, if not welcome, criticality. Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

12 Drafting and Redrafting Moving from first to final draft is a multistage process that sees you working systematically through the development of: logic and argument coherence and consistency fluency and readability and finally copy editing. Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage

13 Dissemination The ultimate goal of any research project is to add to a body of knowledge. Once your project is complete, its worth thinking about broader dissemination, including: attending conferences giving presentations and writing/submitting papers. Zina OLeary (2009) The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. London: Sage


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