Becoming an Academic Writer

Becoming an Academic Writer : 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful Writing

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With its friendly, step-by-step format this book helps writers improve their writing by engaging in deep and deliberate practice. It is flexibly organized so readers can either work their way through all of the exercises in order or focus on the specific areas where they need additional practice building their more

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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • SAGE Publications Inc
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1483376257
  • 9781483376257
  • 93,367

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PRAISE FOR THE PREVIOUS EDITION "This book makes the reader want to write! I found myself reaching for my calendar and penciling in writing sessions for the rest of my week after reading the first chapter. The techniques and exercises are effective and easy to implement; they fit with any writing project, in any stage of the writing process." -- H. Elisabeth Ellington "The number one strength of the book is Goodson's voice and the clarity with which she writes. My students appreciated her straightforward approach and could relate to the book." -- Tracy R. Nichols "The integration of the practical experience, research base, and theory provides all the elements necessary for an academic writing course. As addressed throughout the text, academic writing is challenging and often frustrating. Pat Goodson's informal yet informed voice throughout provides needed encouragement for the frustrated academic writer." -- Erin McTigueshow more

About Patricia Goodson

Patricia Goodson is professor of health education in the Department of Health & Kinesiology at Texas A&M University (TAMU). She obtained a bachelor's degree in Linguistics (from Universidade Estadual de Campinas) and a master's in Philosophy of Education (from Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Campinas) in Brazil; a master's in General Theological Studies (from Covenant Theological Seminary) and a PhD in Health Education (from the University of Texas at Austin) in the United States. At TAMU, she has taught mostly graduate-level courses such as Health Behavior Theory, Health Research Methods, Health Program Evaluation, Health Education Ethics, and Advanced Health Behavior Theory. In 2007, while acting as associate dean for Graduate Program Development, she created and implemented a college-wide writing support service for graduate students, based on the POWER model described in this book. Currently, as director of the College of Education and Human Development's Writing Initiative (POWER Services), she offers Basic and Advanced Writing Studios for graduate students in the college, on a regular basis, and occasionally teaches writing workshops for faculty at Texas A&M and other universities. Dr. Goodson has won several department-, college-, and university- level awards for her teaching and research. In 2012 she was awarded the title of Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University-one of the highest teaching awards at that university. Also in 2012, she became the university's sole nominee for the Piper Professor Award, a state-level recognition for teaching. While she considers mentoring graduate students the most fulfilling part of her career, a couple of research interests vie for her attention. Her research focuses on topics such as sexual health of adults and adolescents, the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and public health genomics. She has published extensively in high-impact journals, has reviewed for several prestigious publications, and has served as book review editor for The Journal of Sex Research. One of her intellectual passions is theory, and her "other" book presents a critique of health education's current use of theory in both research and more

Table of contents

Chapter One: Get Ready to Practice The POWER Model Practicing Academic WritingPart I: Practice Becoming a Productive Academic WriterChapter Two: Establish and Maintain the "Write" Habit Think About It . . . Seeing Yourself as a Writer EXERCISE 1-Schedule Your Writing Sessions EXERCISE 2-Increase Your Writing Time in No Time EXERCISE 3-Write Quickly, Edit Slowly EXERCISE 4-Organize Messy Drafts EXERCISE 5-Keep and Share a Writing Log EXERCISE 6-Read About Writing EXERCISE 7-Document Your Writing Projects EXERCISE 8-Write to Learn (Anything, Including How to Write)Chapter Three: Practice Building Academic Vocabulary Think About It... EXERCISE 9-Increase Your Vocabulary One Word at a Time EXERCISE 10-Use New Academic Words EXERCISE 11-Build Your Own Professional Dictionary/GlossaryChapter Four: Polish the Grammar Think About It... EXERCISE 12-Learn From the Masters EXERCISE 13-Identify Patterns of Problems EXERCISE 14-Practice Grammar Rules EXERCISE 15-CopyChapter Five: Get Feedback Think About It... EXERCISE 16-Get Feedback on Early Drafts EXERCISE 17-Get Feedback on Middle Drafts EXERCISE 18-Get Feedback on Final Drafts EXERCISE 19-Get Feedback Regularly EXERCISE 20-Schedule Reading AppointmentsChapter Six: Edit and Proofread Think About It... EXERCISE 21-Tighten the Paragraphs EXERCISE 22-Make It Flow: Organize EXERCISE 23-Clear Out the Clutter EXERCISE 24-Use a Thesaurus and a Reverse Dictionary EXERCISE 25-Pay Attention to Word Placement EXERCISE 26-Cut It in Half EXERCISE 27-Read Aloud EXERCISE 28-Copyedit: Proofread Line by LinePart II: Practice Writing Sections of Journal Articles, Research Reports, and GrantChapter Seven: Exercises for Writing Introductions, Purpose Statements, or Specific Aims Sections Think About It... EXERCISE 29-Map EXERCISE 30-Dump EXERCISE 31-Craft the Purpose Statement EXERCISE 32-Develop the Rationale EXERCISE 33-Present the Literature Review EXERCISE 34-Lay Out the Theoretical Framework EXERCISE 35-Check ItChapter Eight: Exercises for Writing the Methods Section Think About It... EXERCISE 36-Practice Describing EXERCISE 37-Describe the Research Design EXERCISE 38-Describe the Sample EXERCISE 39-Describe the Measures EXERCISE 40-Describe Data Collection and Data Management Procedures EXERCISE 41-Describe the Data AnalysisChapter Nine: Exercises for Writing the Results/Findings Section Think About It... EXERCISE 42-Picture the Findings EXERCISE 43-Describe the Most Important Findings EXERCISE 44-Summarize the Least Important FindingsChapter Ten: Exercises for Writing the Discussion or Conclusion Section Think About It... EXERCISE 45-Question the Results/Findings EXERCISE 46-Connect the Dots: Other Research EXERCISE 47-Connect the Dots: Relevant Theory EXERCISE 48-Guide Your Reader Into the Future EXERCISE 49-Confess LimitationsChapter Eleven: Exercise for Writing Abstracts Think About It... EXERCISE 50-Write an Abstract in 20 Minutesshow more

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