Research Skills required by PhD students E1: Write clearly and in a style appropriate to purpose,...
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By the time students complete a PhD, they should be able to answer ‘Yes’ to most of these questions.
In terms of the following:
- an abstract,
- a research proposal,
- a progress report,
- a conference paper,
- a journal paper,
- a doctoral dissertation?
- records for your Progress File
- reports for your Personal Development Plan
- specify their distinguishing features and key ingredients?
- distinguish between an effective and an inadequate example of each?
- write one at a satisfactory level?
- Can you explain how you might go about selecting material for a particular publication target, say an upcoming conference?
- Can you explain your research in writing to a lay audience?
- Can you enumerate some strategies for ensuring that your writing is 'fit for purpose'?
- What do you do to overcome writing block?
- Do you regularly ask your supervisors and other students to read and critique your research reports?
Evidence of this skill
These are examples of documents you can collect. Each implies a piece or work, which may be a good way for you to develop this skill.
- Your probation report.
- Your PhD thesis.
- Successful submission of papers for publication.
- A collection of exemplars of good practice, with notes on why they are exemplary.
- Written critiques of others' writing.
- Record of active participation in a writing development course.
- Example of a published piece on your research written for a web page or the popular press.
This page is based upon material produced by The Open University’s research school to support doctoral students.