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Graduate Writers’ Workshop Week 2. Writing Your Way to a Focused Research Question Dr. Erica Cirillo -McCarthy Assistant Director of Graduate and ADEP Writing. Today’s Workshop:. Revisiting the writing process: Invention, Drafting, Revision, Editing Writing as Inquiry

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graduate writers workshop week 2

Graduate Writers’ WorkshopWeek 2

Writing Your Way to a Focused Research Question

Dr. Erica Cirillo-McCarthy

Assistant Director of Graduate and ADEP Writing

today s workshop
Today’s Workshop:
  • Revisiting the writing process: Invention, Drafting, Revision, Editing
  • Writing as Inquiry
  • Recursive process of research, reading, and writing
  • CARS Model
  • Free writing/ Discussion
understanding the writing process
Understanding the Writing Process
  • Invention
  • Drafting
  • Revision
  • Editing
writing as inquiry
Writing as Inquiry
  • Writing to synthesize concepts
    • Complex writing takes multiple concepts and synthesizes them
  • Writing to map or organize concepts
    • In order for your audience to understand the relationship between concepts, you need to organize them (keep in mind the rhetorical nature of organizing)
  • Writing to extend concepts and ideas
    • Graduate writing builds upon existing ideas and concepts
  • The Create A Research Space (CARS) Model (see Swales and Feak)
    • Move 1 Establishing a territory
    • Step 1 Claiming centrality (or importance, relevance, problematic) and/or
    • Step 2 Making topic generalization(s) and/or
    • Step 3 Reviewing items of previous research (obligatory)
introductions cars model cont d
  • Move 2 Establishing a niche
    • Step 1A Counter-claiming or
    • Step 1B Indicating a gap or
    • Step 1C Question-raising or
    • Step 1D Continuing a tradition or extending previous knowledge (obligatory)
introductions cars model cont d1
  • Move 3 Occupying the niche
    • Step 1A Outlining purposes(obligatory) or
    • Step 1B Announcing present research (in some fields)
    • Step 2 Announcing principal findings (in some fields)
    • Step 3 Indicating Research Article structure (in some fields)

Let’s take a close look at two published articles in Education and Organizational Behavior…

    • Justice, Christopher, James Rice, Dale Roy, Bob Hudspith, & Herb Jenkins. “Inquiry-based learning in higher education:administrators’ perspectives on integrating inquiry pedagogy into the curriculum.” Higher Education 58 (2009): 841-855.
    • Heath, Chip & Sim B. Sitkin. “Big-B versus Big-O: What is Organizational about Organizational Behavior?” Journal of Organizational Behavior 22 (2001): 43-58.

Close reading will help you see the moves made in introductions

  • Read articles in your field’s top journals and see what moves scholars make as they create a research space
  • Try to emulate those moves
  • Do not try to reinvent the wheel – disciplinary conventions are there for a reason. You need to be able to recognize them and be comfortable recreating and adhering to the moves.
free writing exercise
Free writing exercise
  • Write about your research question including:
    • What brought you to your research?
    • What research are you aware of? Who are the scholars who do this type of research? Where do they publish?
    • What research do they (the above scholars) rely on?
    • How will you add to the discussion or conversation surrounding your research topic?
thank you
Thank you!
  • References
    • Stripling, Barbara K. "Inquiry-based Learning." Curriculum Connections through the Library. Eds. Barbara K. Stripling and Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Ann Arbor: Libraries Unlimited, 2003.
    • Swales, John M. & Christine B. Feak. Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills. Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press, 2004.