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Writing Well2 Building Traction and Triumph into co-Authorship We report on a workshop designed to reveal some new ideas on how to write productively,effectively, and with the goal of a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Accomplishing this requires thatwe teach graduate students to write well and independently. The results of the workshopprovided a number of great tools. First, a nationwide study of Canadian doctoral students revealsthat students learn to write in a social context. Their social groups include relationships withadvisors, research groups, peer writing groups, and departmental activities. Putting students inwriting groups, where they give each other feedback, can substantially reduce the strain on boththe student and the advisor. Second, a research paper is a specific genre of writing, so if we thinkthey don’t know how to write in this style when they start, we are right, because they have neverbeen taught to write in this new genre. Students start reading to learn content, not as writers, soseveral exercises are proposed for group meetings where students learn how to take apart ajournal paper and put it back together to uncover the argument structure and logic which liebeneath the surface. Third, there is a tight checklist of things which we expect to see included ina technical paper. Most departments have an undergraduate lab manual which can be used as astarting point for technical writing. If this is not available, a writing recipe may be developed tocut through much of the initial formatting requirements. Fourth, there is the human element oftechnical writing: maintaining momentum and excitement. One of the key points here is to stickto one level of edit at a time: fast turnaround and manageable amounts of improvement keep upthe momentum and maintain excitement around the process. Questions of how to managemultiple co-authors and order of authors were also considered. The final element we tried tocapture is the art of turning scientific results into a clear and compelling story for the reader. Thisis the ultimate achievement in a technical paper, and one that will be discussed further in thepaper.
Kresta, S. M., & Nychka, J. A., & Graves, R. (2011, June), Writing Well^2: Building Traction and Triumph into Co-Authorship Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18726
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