Research writing: problems and pedagogies.

  • Aitchison C
  • Lee A
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Writing remains significantly under-theorized within research degree programs in universities. Vet there is clearly more at stake than the application of generic structural rules or guidelines for writing research. Whatever the discipline, these mechanics are inadequate so account for the complexities of writing faced by doctoral students. This article takes up the challenge of research writing as a social, situated practice and calls for it to be embraced as such within research education. The article identifies problems of policy, theory and pedagogy in relation to research writing. It then examines recent initiatives, undertaken by the authors and others, in the formation of research writing groups, in an attempt to address some of these problems. Despite wide variation, these groups have in common a strong reliance on the pedagogical principles of identification and peer review, community, and writing as 'normal business' in the doing of research. These are advanced as key principles for a broader conceptualization of the requirements for research writing. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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  • Academic degrees
  • Authors
  • College curriculum
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Learning
  • Peer review (Professional performance)
  • Research
  • Writing

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  • Claire1 Aitchison

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