Essential Academic Skills 2e: Essential Academic Skills 2e
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Essential Academic Skills 2e: Essential Academic Skills 2e

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Essential Academic Skills encourages and supports students to develop their skills to become the best learners they can be. It takes a step-by-step approach to the essential skills required to complete a university degree and provides comprehensive learning support through examples and activities.KEY FEATURES A step-by-step approach to the core skills of finding sources, reading, writing, listening, speaking and researching within a university context. Complete instructions on how to avoid plagiarism, and enhance the use of sources, through paraphrasing, quotation, summary, in-text citations and reference lists. Comprehensive coverage of the essential assessment skills needed for success at university - academic essays, reports, case studies, reflective essays, presentations, group work, examinations, and primary research. Academic language support relevant to all university study and specific for each skill Appropriate academic examples provided for each step in the skill learning process. Useful in-book and online activities for students.NEW TO THIS EDITION New Chapter 2 Academic Language Support Chapters 4 Reading in an Academic Context and 5 Basic Academic Writing Skills have been significantly updated to cover the new technological possibilities in searching and referencing and to incorporate the latest version of the APA style (APA 6th)
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 190 x 256 x 18mm | 800g
  • OUP Australia and New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0195576055
  • 9780195576054
  • 330,526

Table of contents

1. Thinking About LearningIdeas about the nature of learningApproaches to learning2. Academic Language SupportThe distinctiveness of academic languageCreating coherence3. Listening and ParticipatingListeningListening wellListening in different contexts4. Reading in an Academic ContextSkills in finding sourcesReading well5. Basic Academic Writing SkillsWriting objectivelyIncorporating claims from the literatureWriting citationsWriting reference listsConstructing a paragraph around claims from the literature6. Further Academic Skills: Working on an AssignmentResponding to the assignment taskOrganising ideas and informationPlanningWriting drafts7. Essays and Reflective WritingEssaysReflective writing8. Doing Case Studies and Writing ReportsCase studiesIdentifying the problemsMaking recommendationsWriting up the case studyReports9. Collaborative Learning: Working in GroupsCollaborative group workCooperative group workFormal and informal group workBenefits of group workRoles people play in groupsHow groups developManaging group work challengesManaging micro processes10. PresentationsThe art of presentationsThe informative presentationGiving a team presentationLeading a discussion11. ExaminationsWhy examinationsLearning throughout the courseFocuses learning for an examination: revisionPreparation for particular types of examinationsTypes of examinationsTypes of examination questionsThe examinationWhat if ...12. Doing Small-scale Exploratory Research ProjectsWhat is research?Researchable issues and questionsThe research processQuantitative versus qualitative researchScientific rigourGeneralisationCase studiesEthics13. Writing about ResearchWriting up your reportAppendix A: Basic Guidelines for Writing Citations and Reference ListItems (APA 6th)Appendix B: Additional Exercises for Chapter 5Appendix C: Case Study ExerciseAppendix D: Reading and Understanding a Research ArticleBibliography
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About Kathy Turner

Kathy Turner is a lecturer at the Queensland Institute of Business and Technology, Griffith University, where she teaches academic skills courses to both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifying students.

Lyn Ireland is Tertiary Access Coordinator, School of Indigenous Australian Studies, James Cook University. Lyn is a highly experienced educator within the Indigenous context. She has over 25 years teaching experience encompassing Aboriginal communities both remote and urban in North Queensland and in the Northern Territory.

Brenda Krenus is Senior Adviser, Strategic Initiatives, to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), RMIT. She has taught in a wide range of tertiary settings offering programs in English language and communication to students studying internationally.

Leigh Pointon is Academic Director at Queensland Institute of Business and Technology, Griffith University.
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