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A guide to argumentative research writing and thinking : overcoming challenges

Author: Arnold Wentzel
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2018.
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"Research is difficult. Even though students are trained in the basic research methodology skills, when confronted with research writing, it feels to them as if they enter a bizarre world, with its own language and conventions, where it is hard to get things right. This book translates the apparent complexities of research writing into everyday ideas, language and skills and will enable novice researchers to start  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Arnold Wentzel
ISBN: 9781315175676 1315175673 9781351707466 1351707469
OCLC Number: 1005688883
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: Research as argument --
Understanding the basic research skills in the light of argument --
Finding an original contribution --
Writing argumentatively --
How to get started and write introductions --
Writing an original and argumentative literature review --
Principles of writing argumentatively about your research design and methodology.
Responsibility: Arnold Wentzel.

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"Research is difficult. Even though students are trained in the basic research methodology skills, when confronted with research writing, it feels to them as if they enter a bizarre world, with its own language and conventions, where it is hard to get things right. This book translates the apparent complexities of research writing into everyday ideas, language and skills and will enable novice researchers to start overcoming the major stumbling blocks immediately. This book focuses only on the greatest challenges in research writing, specifically those that supervisors find most difficult to explain to novice researchers. These challenges include both basic and more complex skills such as: finding original research contributions; establishing one's voice while drawing on other authors; turning a vague idea into a feasible research question; generating literature reviews that are original in themselves; and avoiding list-like writing when discussing the research methodology. It shows that it is easier to overcome these challenges, not with lists of prescriptions that are difficult to remember while writing, but rather by cultivating an argumentative mindset. Not only is such a mindset much easier to maintain, but it offers a central point around which one can organise any difficult writing task. The book shows how to use the argumentative mindset to approach every important writing challenge. It translates all the necessary skills into jargon-free language using a variety of visuals and simple step-by-step procedures that will enable any person to read the book fast and start writing immediately. The book is accompanied by a website with an instructor's manual with guidance on the teaching and assessment of research writing and lecture slides."--Provided by publisher.

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