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Challenges

Challenges are fundamental to learning In the video, students are talking about what they found particularly challenging in writing a literature review. Most of those I interviewed for this course …

Coherence and the flow of information

Coherence and flow – key aspects of readability As well as signalling some critical engagement with the work of other scholars, reviewers also need to present information in a way …

Preview, review and paragraphing

Signalling direction and providing evidence When readers feel information is ‘dumped’ onto them, it could be that the writer was not thinking too much about their own need to present …

Preview of Week 4

“The next time I undertake a task like this, I’ll be able to do it in half the time” (Crawford, 2011)” Now in the final week, we’ll focus on developing …

Vocabulary and density

The technical, the academic and the everyday. Whatever your field of study, there will be a lot of new vocabulary to master when you’re reading and writing for a literature …

Stance and attitude

Text as dialogue and literature review as orchestration of voices We can look at every text we read and write as a potential opening into conversation. As we discussed at …

Acknowledgement and critique

Respecting peers in research As we talked about in week two, it’s essential to reference the sources of information and ideas, accurately and fully. But while we have to make …

Effective communication

So much more than information. Now that you’ve done a basic outline for a discussion of key literature on your topic, it’s time to develop a draft, and consider what …

Field of knowledge

The representation of ideas In this video we hear from some educators with a background in linguistics, who tend to talk about language a lot, and in perhaps different ways …

Levels of language

Discourse, text and wording. Language operates on many levels, and once we’ve become fluent, it becomes quite invisible – except when a new word comes up, or something slightly different …

Academic writing and research

A symbiotic relationship When writing a literature review for a higher degree research project, many students are surprised to find that the writing of the review does not finish in …

Report or argument?

Students in this video are reflecting on the literature review they are writing, as part of a long research project. Being complex pieces of writing, their reviews serve various functions, …

The research story

Outlines – sketching a storyline So your next assignment is to write an outline of your literature review, at least as you currently imagine it. Trying to write a literature …

Preview of Week 3

“Everything we know has its origins in questions” (Postman, 1976) The past two weeks have been preparing for now. You’ve been doing lots of reading, putting together a professionally formatted …

Paragraphing

What it’s ‘about’ Paragraphing is a key organisational structure in academic writing. Long or short, a good paragraph has a function. It’s a rhetorical move within a text, taking the …