Becoming an Academic Writer 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful Writing

ISBN-10: 1452203865
ISBN-13: 9781452203867
Edition: 2013
Authors: Patricia Goodson
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List price: $26.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990

This book helps academic writers gain control over writing and publishing, master specific aspects of academic writing, and improve their productivity. Patricia Goodson offers weekly exercises and tools to achieve these goals. The exercises are theoretically-grounded and empirically-based, comprising a set of behavioral principles (e.g., writing regularly, separating generating from editing) and specific practices (weekly exercises) which ensure success. The author draws on research on writing and productivity in college settings, together with insights into the practice patterns of elite performers (such as Olympic athletes), to develop a set of key principles. This book uniquely combines these successful principles with a set of original exercises applicable to the writing needs of college professors and students.

Patricia Goodson is Professor of Health Education in the Department of Health & Kinesiology at Texas A&M University (TAMU). She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics (from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas - UNICAMP) and a Master's in Philosophy of Education (from the Pontificia Universidade Cat�lica de Campinas - PUCCAMP) in Brazil; a Master's in General Theological Studies (from Covenant Theological Seminary) and a Ph.D. in Health Education (from The University of Texas at Austin) in the U.S. At TAMU, she has taught mostly graduate-level courses such as Health Behavior Theory, Health Research Methods, Health Program Evaluation, Health Education Ethics, and Advanced Health Behavior Theory. In 2007, while acting as Associate Dean for Graduate Program Development, she created and implemented a college-wide writing support service for graduate students, based on the P.O.W.E.R. model described in this book. Currently, as Director of the College of Education and Human Development's Writing Initiative (P.O.W.E.R. Services), she routinely offers Basic and Advanced Writing Studios for graduate students in the college, and occasionally teaches writing workshops for faculty at Texas A&M and other universities.

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Get Ready to Practice
The POWER Model
The Theory Behind POWER
The Research Behind POWER
Talent Development and Elite Performance: The Psychology Literature
Talent Development and Elite Performance: The Neuroscience Literature
Practicing Academic Writing
Notes
Electronic Sources
References
Practice Becoming a Productive Academic Writer
Establish and Maintain the "Write" Habit
Think About It…
Seeing Yourself as a Writer
Embrace the "Write" Attitude
Manage the Contingencies
Practice
Schedule Your Writing Sessions
Increase Your Writing Time in No Time
Write Quickly, Edit Slowly
Organize Messy Drafts
Keep and Share a Writing Log
Read About Writing
Document Your Writing Projects
Write to Learn (Anything, Including How to Write)
Notes
Electronic Sources
References
Practice Building Academic Vocabulary
Think About It…
Increase Your Vocabulary One Word at a Time
Use New Academic Words
Build Your Own Professional Dictionary/Glossary
Electronic Sources
References
Chapter Four-Polish the Grammar
Think About It…
Learn From the Masters
Identify Patterns of Problems
Practice Grammar Rules
Copy
Note
Electronic Sources
References
Get Feedback
Think About It…
Types of Feedback
Get Feedback on Early Drafts
Get Feedback oh Middle Drafts
Get Feedback on Final Drafts
Get Feedback Regularly
Schedule Reading Appointments
References
Edit and Proofread
Think About It…
Tighten the Paragraphs
Make It Flow: Organize
Clear the Clutter
Use a Thesaurus and a Reverse Dictionary
Pay Attention to Word Placement
Cut It in Half
Read Aloud
Copyedit: Proofread Line by Line
Note
Electronic Sources
References
Practice Writing Sections of Journal Articles, Research Reports, and Grant Applications
Exercises for Writing Introductions, Purpose Statements, or Specific Aims Sections
Think About It…
Map
Dump
Craft the Purpose Statement
Develop the Rationale
Present the Literature Review
Lay Out the Theoretical Framework
Check It
Checklist for Introductions
Notes
Electronic Sources
References
Exercises for Writing the Methods Section
Think About It…
Practice Describing
Describe the Research Design
Describe the Sample
Describe the Measures
Describe Data Collection and Data Management Procedures
Describe the Data Analysis
Note
References
Chapter Nine-Exercises for Writing the Results/Findings Section
Think About It…
Picture the Findings
Describe the Most Important Findings
Checklist for Results/Findings Sections
Summarize the Least Important Findings
Note
Electronic Sources
References
Exercises for Writing the Discussion or Conclusion Section
Think About It…
Question the Results/Findings
Connect the Dots: Other Research
Connect the Dots: Relevant Theory
Guide Your Reader Into the Future
Confess Limitations
Notes
References
Exercise for Writing Abstracts
Think About It…
Write an Abstract in 20 Minutes
References
Afterword
Appendix: Additional Resources
Author Index
Subject Index

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