Academic journal article Teaching Science

How to Write What You Want to Say in Science

Academic journal article Teaching Science

How to Write What You Want to Say in Science

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Authors: Malcolm Carter, Lyn Carter and Patricia Hipwell

Publisher: Booralong Press


Writing for academic purposes in the sciences can be a difficult concept to grasp for students, and an even more difficult task for teachers to facilitate. Students need to 'unlearn' the various techniques they have been encouraged to develop in their creative writing and learn the skills of writing using evidence and an empirical approach.

Literature reviews, laboratory reports, position papers as well as discursive and argumentative essays all require a specific 'toolbox' and strict adherence to conventions that students may not fully understand the relevance of. The authors of this book provide an easy to follow and well-explained summary of all the things students and teachers need to be aware of when producing scientific literature. From the thorough explanation of the purpose of scientific writing, the particulars of the requisite vocabulary and sentence starters, the book provides a very practical guide on how to produce academic writing of a high standard.

The beauty of this text is its simplicity and honest appreciation of the fact that, if we, as educators, are going to encourage secondary students to contribute to scientific literature, then they need to be equipped with the language to communicate their ideas in a way that the rest of the scientific community will be able to understand. …

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