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Professional scholarly writing in a global context


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Professional scholarly writing in a global context

  1. 1. PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARLY WRITING IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT Seminar for Project FREE-Paglaum Educational Research classes Dec. 20, 2014 MM Auditorium A, University of St. La Salle , Bacolod City, Philippines
  2. 2. Why are we in acade m ia?  As livelihood  love of learning and sharing that love  Idealism - new ways of looking at old problems; helping create a better world by transmission of culture as well as transformation of culture through the modes of:  Learning  Critiquing  Reflection  Discussion  Activism
  3. 3. Scho larly writing  writing and publishing in academia for the purposes of:  professional self-development and enrichment  improving instruction  building professional reputation and expertise  building parallel careers in:  research and consultancy  the speaking/lecture/training circuit  book publication  educational development  “cross-over” fields
  4. 4.  “serious writing” – intended for a critical and informed audience, based on closely-investigated knowledge and posits ideas or arguments  Standard forms:  Abstracts  Book reports/reviews  Book chapters  Books  Conference papers  Dissertations  Essays  Research article  Research paper  Theses  Translations
  5. 5.  Other forms:  Summaries of knowledge (literature reviews, annotated catalogues and bibliographies, creating graphical representations of knowledge and classification schemes, encyclopedia entries, journal articles)  Collating the workof others (monographs, collected works, anthologies)  Research and planning (generating new knowledge, policy formulation consultancy)  Disseminating knowledge outside the academe (film or tv scripts, public lectures, opinion pieces)  Technical oradministrative forms (briefs, proofreading, editing, peer review, proposals, white papers)  Personal forms (autobiographies, weblogs, memoirs)  Newerforms (collaborative writing, hypertext, performative writing/belles-lettres)
  6. 6. The g lo balco nte xt  21st century challenges and Information Age demands:  ECONOMIC GLOBALIZATION and RAPIDTECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS are driving rapid, multiple changes of several magnitudes  Changes at multiple levels, at rapid rates and overlapping magnitudes (Ogburn’s Theory of Social Change):  Technological  Economic  Political  Social and cultural  Educational  Environmental  New and different scholarly writing paradigm:  Online  International
  7. 7.  Acade m ic Ranking o f Wo rld Unive rsitie s are based on Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) evaluations on :  Employer review  Staff/student reviews  Peer review score  Citations/staff ratios: how many scholarly articles mentioned the school?  International students  International staff  ISI – international bibliographic database containing 14,000 peer-reviewed journals  Scopus Journal Analyzer (  Philippine Journals Online ( ) – May 1 to July 22, 2009: 100,000 visits from 122 countries; started May 2008, Open Access System
  8. 8. Whe re are yo u in the g lo balm arke tplace o f ide as?  Information Age work trends  Create ideas and information (research and scholarly work, writing, providing content)  Process ideas and information (teaching, media work)  Move/use ideas and information (applications in business, industry, “real life”)
  9. 9. No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. - Albert Einstein
  10. 10. No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. - Albert Einstein