Research Writing SY2006

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Writing the Introduction

After reading an introduction, the reader should be able to answer most of these questions:

What is the context of this problem? In what situation or environment can this problem be observed? (Background)

Why is this research important? Who will benefit? Why do we need to know this? Why does this situation, method, model or piece of equipment need to be improved? (Rationale)

What is it we don��t know? What is the gap in our knowledge this research will fill? What needs to be improved? (Problem Statement)

What steps will the researcher take to try and fill this gap or improve the situation? (Objectives)

Is there any aspect of the problem the researcher will not discuss? Is the study limited to a specific geographical area or to only certain aspects of the situation? (Scope)

Is there any factor, condition or circumstance that prevents the researcher from achieving all his/her objectives? (Limitations)

In considering his/her method, model, formulation or approach, does the researcher take certain conditions, states, requirements for granted? Are there certain fundamental conditions or states the researcher takes to be true? (Assumptions)
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Tuesday, November 08, 2005


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Writing a Research Proposal

Featured Article, May 8, 2002

How to Write a Research Proposal

Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Research Director, Graduate Program in Counselling Psychology
Trinity Western University
Langley, BC, Canada

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Wednesday, November 02, 2005


Learning to Summarize

Summarize this one:

"Try different tones: chatty, authoritative, ironic. Try different ways of organizing: starting with the conclusion, building up to it last. Persuade with reasoning, with anecdote. Hide the weak arguments, admit them openly. Try to write it in half the length. Try different formats on the page such as lists or pictures or diagrams."

This comes from page 123 of Writing With Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process. The book was published in New York in 1981 by Oxford University Press and was written by Peter Elbow.


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