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Academic writing, Writing for publication, Writing skills, Persuasive discourse, Rhetoric, Graduate study, Higher education
Building your argument: A guide to postgraduate writing skills is aimed at helping postgraduate students learn the skills relating to their study. It outlines principles derived from study into what postgraduates are taught about academic writing, compared with what they need to know. Building your argument: A guide to postgraduate writing skills is designed to help students understand the task of completing a piece of academic writing that includes or is based on a literature review. Academic writing generally requires the writer to:
• focus the work to argue for particular conclusions;
• gather evidence to support those conclusions;
• develop the argument in a logical and systematic way; and
• present the conclusions and their implications.
Many students mistakenly believe that knowing the content is sufficient to achieve high grades. A university’s function, however, is more than helping students increase their knowledge. Students also need to develop analytical thinking skills and to be able to develop ideas and conclusions that can be defended in a forum of peers.
O'Toole, P. (2005, January 01). Building your argument: A guide to postgraduate writing skills. Shannon Research Press. https://research.acer.edu.au/saier/22
Copyright Paddy O'Toole (Flinders University of South Australia), 2005
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Shannon Research Press