Doing Academic Writing in Education
Connecting the Personal and the Professional
Routledge – 2005 – 246 pages
This clear, reader-friendly book is carefully designed to help readers gain confidence and acquire competence in their academic writing abilities. It focuses on real people as they write and actively involves readers in the writing process. The authors' innovative approach encourages reflection on how professional writing initiatives connect to the personal self. For pre-service and in-service teachers, graduate students, school administrators, educational specialists, and all others involved in the educational enterprise, effective writing is important to professional success. Organized to help the reader move progressively and confidently forward as a writer of academic prose, Doing Academic Writing in Education: Connecting the Personal and the Professional features:
*activities to engage readers in connecting their writing endeavors to their personal selves, and in discovering their own writing attitudes, behaviors, strengths, and problem areas;
*practical applications to inform and support the reader's writing initiatives--including opportunities to engage in invention strategies, to begin a draft, to revise and edit a piece of writing that is personally and professionally important, and to record reflections about writing;
*the voices of the authors and of graduate students who are pursuing a variety of academic writing tasks--to serve as models for the reader's writing endeavors; and *writing samples and personal stories about writing shared by experts in various contexts--offering hints about conditions, self-reflections, and habits that help them write effectively.
All students and professionals in the field of education will welcome the distinctive focus in this book on connecting the personal and the professional, and the wealth of practical applications and opportunities for reflection it provides.
"…a helpful book that students, practitioners, and faculty will find inviting and interesting. And perhaps, as the authors hope, the readers of the book will become avid writers, who keep in mind the audience for which they are writing."
—Journal of College Student Development
"Janet C. Richards and Sharon K. Miller have written a long-needed text that should be read by those entering the profession, those within the discipline of composition studies, and anyone interested in learning about writing….The authors write with both clarity and grace….The writing itself is a model of effective personal academic prose…demonstrating how we can combine the two languages of our profession."
—Donald M. Murray
From the Foreword
"I find this book scholarly, humane, readable, appropriate, and engaging. It draws me (and any reader) back into writing and caring about writing as a central bastion of a democratic, social, and ethical consciousness."
—Leah C. Fowler
University of Lethbridge
Contents: D.M. Murray, Foreword. Preface. Seeing Ourselves as Writers: A Process of Personal Discovery. Types and Purposes of Academic Writing. Invention. Drafting. Revision: The Heart of Writing. Editing. Integrating the Personal and the Professional.