The Good Writing Guide for Education Students / Edition 2

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Whether you are returning to studying after a break, or need help adjusting your writing skills to meet the needs of your Education course, this practical, down-to-earth guide will help you improve your literacy skills. Aimed specifically at students on Education courses, this book uses examples of students' work to highlight common problems, and provides guidance on how to improve. There are handy lists of 'Dos and Don'ts' and lots of examples.

In this new edition you will find: an explanation of Master's level criteria, with an example of a student's work with tutorial-feedback, more on selective use of the internet, more on the peer-review process, the importance of journals, and an explanation of journal rankings, a new section on defining key terms, additional advice on how to avoid plagiarism.

The book also offers practical advice on: reading widely; how to search for reading materials; carrying out small-scale research projects; structuring academic writing appropriately; improving punctuation, spelling, grammar and use of language; presentation skills. It is ideal reading for Foundation Degree and PGCE students, including those studying at Master's level, and all undergraduates on Education degree courses. Anyone wanting to improve their writing will find this book invaluable.

About the Author:
Dominic Wyse is Senior Lecturer in Primary and Early Years Education at the University of Cambridge

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Editorial Reviews

Dyslexia Review - Katy Parnell
This down-to-earth and accessible guide offers practical and comprehensive advice on how to write in an academic way about education. Dominic Wyse explains key concepts such as the crucial importance of peer review and the correct way to reference media articles. Throughout the emphasis is on encouraging students to develop their own academic voice.
From the Publisher
'I am delighted to see this new edition. As well as the wealth of knowledge provided in earlier versions, new and welcome additions address emerging priorities for university education courses and invite the reader's active participation. It will be at the top of my department's reading lists!'
- Dr Shereen Benjamin, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education
The University of Edinburgh

'A highly appropriate text for all education students, the inclusion/analysis of tutors' comments alongside the existing Top Tips enhances the advice given. The close analysis of student work, identification of both effective and ineffective features and the detailed information regarding effective searches are amongst the many highlights'
- Mike Hickman, Head of Subject, Initial Teacher Education
York St John University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412948593
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/18/2007
  • Series: Sage Study Skills Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dominic Wyse is Professor of Early Years and Primary Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.

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Table of Contents

About the Author     vii
Acknowledgements     viii
Foreword     ix
How to Use this Book     xi
Reading and Thinking     1
Reading Widely     3
Where to start your reading
Dos and don'ts
Searching for Reading Materials     15
The British Educational Index
Reading and recording
Dos and don'ts
Referencing     35
How to cite and reference
Dos and don'ts
Planning     53
Student example
Dos and don'ts
Small-Scale Research Projects     66
Student example
Dos and don'ts
Writing     85
Structuring Your Writing     87
Subheadings and sections
Writing a research report
A suggested structure for a dissertation or research report
Student example
Dos and don'ts
Grammar     105
Student example
Grammar check on the word processor
More common pitfalls
Dos and don'ts
Punctuation     118
Student examples
Dos and don'ts
Spelling     129
Examples of spelling problems
The problems with homophones
How to improve your spelling
Dos and don'ts
Presentation and Proofreading     140
Dos and don'ts
Assessment and Learning from Feedback     151
Assessment example
Assessment atMaster's degree level
Feedback happens to us all
Dos and don'ts
Glossary     169
References     174
Index     175
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