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Essential Academic Skills 2e


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1. Thinking About LearningIdeas about the nature of learningApproaches to learning2. Academic Language SupportThe distinctiveness of academic languageCreating coherence3. Listening and ParticipatingListeningListening wellListening in different contexts4. Reading in an Academic ContextSkills in finding sourcesReading well5. Basic Academic Writing SkillsWriting objectivelyIncorporating claims from the literatureWriting citationsWriting reference listsConstructing a paragraph around claims from the literature6. Further Academic Skills: Working on an AssignmentResponding to the assignment taskOrganising ideas and informationPlanningWriting drafts7. Essays and Reflective WritingEssaysReflective writing8. Doing Case Studies and Writing ReportsCase studiesIdentifying the problemsMaking recommendationsWriting up the case studyReports9. Collaborative Learning: Working in GroupsCollaborative group workCooperative group workFormal and informal group workBenefits of group workRoles people play in groupsHow groups developManaging group work challengesManaging micro processes10. PresentationsThe art of presentationsThe informative presentationGiving a team presentationLeading a discussion11. ExaminationsWhy examinationsLearning throughout the courseFocuses learning for an examination: revisionPreparation for particular types of examinationsTypes of examinationsTypes of examination questionsThe examinationWhat if ...12. Doing Small-scale Exploratory Research ProjectsWhat is research?Researchable issues and questionsThe research processQuantitative versus qualitative researchScientific rigourGeneralisationCase studiesEthics13. Writing about ResearchWriting up your reportAppendix A: Basic Guidelines for Writing Citations and Reference ListItems (APA 6th)Appendix B: Additional Exercises for Chapter 5Appendix C: Case Study ExerciseAppendix D: Reading and Understanding a Research ArticleBibliography

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Kathy Turner is a lecturer at the Queensland Institute of Business and Technology, Griffith University, where she teaches academic skills courses to both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifying students. Lyn Ireland is Tertiary Access Coordinator, School of Indigenous Australian Studies, James Cook University. Lyn is a highly experienced educator within the Indigenous context. She has over 25 years teaching experience encompassing Aboriginal communities both remote and urban in North Queensland and in the Northern Territory. Brenda Krenus is Senior Adviser, Strategic Initiatives, to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), RMIT. She has taught in a wide range of tertiary settings offering programs in English language and communication to students studying internationally. Leigh Pointon is Academic Director at Queensland Institute of Business and Technology, Griffith University.

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