2014 254102 writing workshop 3

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This is a presentation to Massey University students taking the Professional and Ethical Practice paper. It provides tips on style and structure for written assignments two and three.

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2014 254102 writing workshop 3

  1. 1. 254.102 WRITING WORKSHOP 3 Assignment 2 – Overview of Essay Structure Assignment 3 – Overview of Report Structure Introduction to Reflective Writing This presentation can be viewed online at: http://tinyurl.com/254102workshop3
  2. 2. Assignment 2
  3. 3. TIPS FOR STRUCTURING ASSIGNMENT 2 For 1500 word essays, around 10 paragraphs will probably work best Each of these paragraphs should have three to six sentences As Yvonne, explained two sections with headings are required, together with an introduction and conclusion You’ll have three to six paragraphs in each section, but the ‘application’ section has twice the marks, so should be longer
  4. 4. TIPS FOR WRITING STYLE FOR ASSIGNMENT 2 Aim for a concise, objective and critical style for most paragraphs (not using ‘I’) One or more paragraphs in the ‘Application’ section should be written in a personal, reflective style (using ‘I’) Focus on coherence and flow – making connections between the issues in the article and applications for practice
  5. 5. Assignment 3: Part 1
  6. 6. TIPS FOR STRUCTURING ASSIGNMENT 3 (Pt 1: Report) 1500 words again, so around 10 paragraphs will probably work best Each of these paragraphs should have three to six sentences Four sections with headings are required One possible structure could be: Intro (1), Roles and Responsibilities (1), Professionalism (2), Human Rights (2), Cultural Competence (2), Ethics (2), Conclusion (1)
  7. 7. TIPS FOR WRITING STYLE FOR ASSIGNMENT 3 (Pt 1: Report) Aim for a concise, objective and critical style for most paragraphs (not using ‘I’) In each section, explain how the person is guided by (referenced) approaches, codes or legislation and provide examples Where appropriate, point out any aspects of the theory or definition of professionalism, ethics etc do NOT seem to be part of the person’s practice – and suggest possible reasons why or ways they might be included
  8. 8. EXAMPLES OF WRITING STYLE FOR ASSIGNMENT 3 (Pt 1: Report) The teacher explained that she took care to … She pointed out that it was her responsibility to … By …., she demonstrates that … ….. were identified by the teacher as …. The teacher adheres to … which encompasses …. Compliance with … ensures that she … The teacher’s use of … demonstrates her … This practice is an example of … The teacher recounted an ethical dilemma in which … The strategy she used to resolve this dilemma is consistent with … The aspect of .. which she finds most challenging is …
  9. 9. EXAMPLES OF WRITING STYLE FOR ASSIGNMENT 3 (Pt 1: Report) She identified … as a fundamental human right which she finds difficult to uphold in practice. She explained that … This principle underlies the teacher’s commitment to …. For example, she … In accordance with …. the teacher promotes … by … …. allows the teacher to …. One example of this approach is the way the teacher … One area of … which the teacher regards as less relevant to her practice is … This may be because … However, …. One aspect of … which was not explicitly mentioned by the teacher was …
  10. 10. Assignment 3: Part 2
  11. 11. Reflective Writing Level 1: Descriptive Concise, objective accounts of aspects of practice that you see as learning opportunities Level 2: Analytical Questions about the meaning, cause and effect of the incidents you’ve described Level 3: Critical Insightful connections between your interpretations and theories, models, codes, regulations, research
  12. 12. TIPS FOR STRUCTURING AND WRITING ASSIGNMENT 3 (Pt 2: Reflections) Paragraph 1: General definition of the competency Explanation for its importance and / or challenge Specific relevance to your field of practice Example (using a different competency, unrelated to your task): Innovation has been defined as ……. As such it has both a social and economic value. Socially, …. while economically, …. However, in practical terms, there are many barriers to innovation, such as …. In relation to tertiary education, innovation has become increasingly important as a result of … and therefore, ….
  13. 13. TIPS FOR STRUCTURING AND WRITING ASSIGNMENT 3 (Pt 2: Reflections) Paragraph 2: General summary of your development Example(s) of what helped you develop Evidence for your development Example (using a different competency, unrelated to your task): During my first semester, I have made some progress in two areas of innovation. I have participated in a new initiative which …. This has resulted in …. which featured in … and was commented on in …
  14. 14. TIPS FOR STRUCTURING AND WRITING ASSIGNMENT 3 (Pt 2: Reflections) Paragraph 3: Summary of gaps/limitations in competency development Explanations, evidence and/or examples of these gaps Proposals for how you intend to address them Example (using a different competency, unrelated to your task): However, I feel I have so far only made limited progress towards innovative practice. For example, I recently documented my practice for one week in a reflective journal and concluded that less than one hour per day …. I attribute this lack of progress to both personal and institutional factors. Personally, …… while, the lack of institutional incentives has also … Therefore, I plan to ..
  15. 15. © 2014 This PowerPoint Presentation and the accompanying handouts are copyrighted by Centre for Teaching and Learning, Massey University and may not be used, except for personal study, without written permission from the copyright owner. Please note that examples are provided for illustration of writing principles only and no reliance should be placed on any of the ideas referred to in the texts. Martin McMorrow, Centre for Teaching and Learning 09 441 8143 slt-alb@massey.ac.nz This presentation can be viewed online at: http://tinyurl.com/254102workshop3

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