June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Minorities in Engineering and Graduate Studies
22.1714.1 - 22.1714.13
Writing Challenges for Graduate Students In Engineering and Technology AbstractGraduate education for most students is the move to deeper exploration of knowledge throughpersonal involvement, primarily through research and writing. Whether through master’s thesisor directed project, many graduate programs in engineering and technology incorporatesubstantial written research-based projects into the curriculum to prepare graduates forprofessional careers or further study at the doctoral level. Students in the engineering andtechnology fields seem to face several challenges in moving to written projects of substantiallength and complexity, whether through more limited experience with written projects or apersonal dislike of the act of writing. In this paper, the authors, who have experience in teachingresearch and writing to master’s level students, explore several issues and techniques for helpingstudents develop as writers, and explore the challenges that students in these fields may face atthe graduate level. Issues addressed include working with international students (English assecond language) and differing undergraduate education in research and writing; the students’love of bullet points, and setting appropriate standards for analytical writing; teaching tone andthe requirements for appropriate academic writing; citation and APA issues; academic honestyand plagiarism education; and techniques from teachers of writing that can work for everyone,including mind mapping or concept mapping. The paper will include some examples of graduatestudent writing, and the techniques used to help students improve as writers.
Colwell, J. L., & Whittington, J., & Jenks, C. F. (2011, June), Writing Challenges for Graduate Students in Engineering and Technology Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18722
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