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Writing about writing in Higher Education: Modelling good practices

Morrison-Saunders, A. (2015) Writing about writing in Higher Education: Modelling good practices. In: WA Teaching and Learning Forum 2015: Teaching and Learning Uncapped, 29 - 30 January, Perth, Western Australia

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I write about and model good writing practice for application by higher education teachers and students. My aim is to provide a useful writing resource through modelling what I consider to be good practices. I start with this formally structured Abstract which contains introduction, methodology, discussion and conclusion components. My methodology utilises literature review and personal views drawn from experience as an academic writer and teacher of writing skills. Key suggestions for effective writing are to develop a main message tailored to the identified audience through a story-telling approach which comprises a 'stand-alone' document that can be comprehended by a lay-person. Creating well structured sections with descriptive headings and supporting text sequentially consistent with the Title and paper aims ensure promises to the reader are upheld. Careful, creative and convincing use of references is vital in argument construction and ensuring credibility. While this paper may serve as a useful writing template within the higher education sector, effective writing requires practice and revision. The art of good writing is a lifelong pursuit. I demonstrate that creative writing can be produced whilst simultaneously adhering to the guidance I advocate.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
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