Writing in the Sciences Exploring Conventions of Scientific Discourse (Part of the Allyn and Bacon Series in Technical Communication)

ISBN-10: 0321112040
ISBN-13: 9780321112040
Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)
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Description: This rhetorical, multi-disciplinary guide discusses the major genres of science writing including research reports, grant proposals, conference presentations, and a variety of forms of public communication. Writing in the Sciences combines a  More...

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Book details

List price: $90.80
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Longman Publishing
Publication date: 12/30/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

This rhetorical, multi-disciplinary guide discusses the major genres of science writing including research reports, grant proposals, conference presentations, and a variety of forms of public communication. Writing in the Sciences combines a descriptive approach-helping students to recognize distinctive features of common genres in their fields-with a rhetorical focus-helping them to analyze how, why, and for whom texts are created by scientists. Multiple samples from real research cases illustrate a range of scientific disciplines and audiences for scientific research along with the corresponding differences in focus, arrangement, style, and other rhetorical dimensions. Comparisons among disciplines provide the opportunity for students to identify common conventions in science and investigate variation across fields. Individuals who need to write in the sciences.

Preface
List of stylistic features
Scientific Conventions
Science as a Social Enterprise
The shaping of knowledge in science
The social nature of science
The centrality of communication in science
The role of persuasion in scientific communication
Scientific communication and convention
The role of collaboration in scientific communication
Forums for Communication in Science
The socialization process: Entering a new community
Research journals and their readers
Research conferences and professional associations
Research proposals and their audiences
Communicating beyond the research community
Electronic communication in science
Reading and Writing Research Reports
Argumentation in science
The logic(s) of scientific inquiry
Introducing the research problem
Describing methods
Reporting results
Discussing trends and implications
The research report abstract
Brief report genres: Research letters and notes
How scientists write reports
How scientists read reports
How reviewers evaluate reports
Reviewing Prior Research
The role of prior research in scientific argument
Reviewing as a genre: The review article
Locating the literature
Reading previous research
Identifying trends and patterns
Organizing the review
Citing sources in the text
Preparing the list of works cited
The research review abstract
Preparing Conference Presentations
The role of research conferences in the sciences
Writing conference proposal abstracts
Organizing the research talk
Methods of oral presentation
Delivering conference presentations
The use of graphics in oral presentations
Preparing research posters
Writing Research Proposals
The role of the proposal in science
Multiple audiences of the proposal
Logic and organization in the research proposal
Introducing the research problem and objectives
Providing background
Describing proposed methods
The research proposal abstract
How scientists write research proposals
How reviewers evaluate research proposals
Accountability in the research process
Documenting Procedures and Guidelines
Audiences and purposes in industry and government
General principles for writing instructions
Developing procedures for quality assurance
Documenting procedures for regulatory purposes
Documenting procedures for commercial application
Procedures as public policy
Procedures as public ethos
Communicating Science in the Public Realm
Why do scientists communicate with public audiences?
Understanding "general" audiences
Adapting through narration
Adapting through examples
Adapting through definition
Adapting through analysis
Adapting through comparison
Adapting through graphics
Logic and organization in writing for public audiences
Considering Ethics in Scientific Communication
Scientific and social ethics
The question of authorship
Scientific communication as moral responsibility
Scientific communication and public communication: An ethical conflict?
Scientific style and social responsibility
The ethics of style as socialization
Sample Research Cases
Research on the "Ulcer Bug:" From Theory to Clinical Application
Marshall and Warren and Colleagues

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