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Reading recommendation on the two approaches

Reading recommendation on the two approaches

In this step, we will discuss the methodology section in academic writing and two major approaches for presenting this information: the condensed style and the extended style. It is crucial for researchers to strike a balance between providing sufficient information to convince readers and avoiding redundancy. The choice between these two styles is not merely a matter of length, but rather about justification and explanation.

The condensed style is typically used in fields like chemistry, materials science, and molecular biology, where researchers do not need to justify their methods extensively. In this style, researchers provide necessary information but do not elaborate on why certain techniques or instruments were chosen. This is because their field often employs standardized procedures and instruments, so the reasoning behind these choices is commonly understood by their peers.

On the other hand, the extended style is more commonly used in psychology, sociology, education, and applied linguistics. In these fields, researchers need to justify and explain their methodological choices in greater detail. This may involve providing context for the choice of a particular method, explaining the development of instruments, or describing the analysis process. This style is often necessary when the audience comprises professionals from different backgrounds or when new techniques are introduced.

In conclusion, the choice between the condensed and extended styles depends on the field of study, the audience, and the level of justification and explanation required. Researchers should consult model articles from their field to determine the appropriate level of detail and justification for their methodology section. Additionally, they should pay attention to common phrases and language conventions used in their field to ensure their writing is clear, coherent, and persuasive.

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