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Look, No Methods! [microform] : Transcending the Boundaries of the Scientific Research Article / David Kellogg
Bib ID 5602369
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Kellogg, David
 
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Description [S.l.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1996 
13 p. 
Summary

When students and teachers talk about the arrangement of the experimental article in science, they usually take for granted a particular set of radically differentiated parts, including the abstract, the introduction, the materials and methods, the results, and the discussion. All handbooks work from this model. The implication of some literature is that the only excuse for breaking this fairly strict set of expected sections is by virtue of reputation. In Jack Selzer's seminal book "Understanding Scientific Prose," he suggests that students have to pay their dues in writing according to the prescribed method before they can deviate from it. However, this impression is misguided. Given the chance to read real scientific articles, students discover that, in the first place, the arrangement varies radically by journal. They discover, for example, that many articles in cutting-edge journals like "Nature" and "Science" are not divided into sections at all but flow from one point to another. By examining how the arrangement of actual scientific articles diverges from the idealized form articulated in handbooks, students begin to gain rhetorical control over their own writing strategies. Students can extend their freedom and control still further by inquiring into what variations and shifts in conventions mean. The way in which the methods section is often relegated nowadays to the end of the article tells students something about the reading patterns, for instance, of practicing scientists. (TB)

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ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (47th, Milwaukee, WI, March 27-30, 1996).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Higher Education.  |  Research Reports.  |  Rhetoric.  |  Rhetorical Theory.  |  Scholarly Journals.  |  Scientific Methodology.  |  Scientists.  |  Technical Writing.  |  Writing for Publication.  |  Writing Instruction.  |  Science Writing Writing Contexts
Form/genre Opinion Papers.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
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