Telling the Story of Your Research in Academic Contexts

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  • Length 36 mins
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  • Languages English
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Published 5/2014 English

Course Description

Telling the Story of Your Research in Academic Contexts

Students in academia frequently hear: “be aware of your audience,” “write for your reader.”

But how do you actually do this?

Join me for a deep dive into the issue of narration in academic writing. Let me help you understand the “plot” of academic research and how to tell the story of your research, regardless of your field. This workshop will enable you to make deliberate decisions about the use of:

    ·Active or passive voice

    ·First or third person


    ·“Signposting” (telling the reader what to expect)


Guided exercises will help you understand how to narrate your own projects using the conventions of your field.

Tell the story of your research with confidence and clarity.

What are the requirements?

  • none

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Recognize the central plot structure of all academic research.
  • Orient your readers to the territory of your research.
  • Make choices about whether and how to locate yourself in the text.
  • Use “signposts” in your document so that readers know what to expect.
  • Signal transitions between sections and ideas.
  • Understand the use of tenses in academic projects.

Who is the target audience?

  • Graduate students, professors, academic writers
  • Also useful to undergraduates who have significant writing projects

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Laying the Groundwork
Lecture 1: Introduction
Orienting the Reader
Recognizing the "Plot" of Research Narratives
Establishing the Territory of Your Project
Section 2: Moving the Reader Through the Text
Using "Voice Markers" to Narrate Your Research
Choosing and Using Active and Passive Voice
Taking the Reader With You
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Instructor Biography

Dr. Daveena Tauber, Academic Writing Consultant

My passion is helping graduate students and faculty use writing to express their scholarly interests. Nearly all scholarly projects are grounded in writing, yet writing is rarely explicitly taught at advanced levels. My personal and professional mission is to make excellent writing instruction and coaching available to graduate student and faculty writers. I consult with individuals and institutions in the U.S. and abroad to support scholarly writing. I did my undergraduate work at Reed and Lewis & Clark Colleges and earned my Ph.D. in English at Rutgers University. You can find more about my work online.

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