Why does academic writing have to be so damn hard?
There’s all of these requirements. The least annoying one is the tone and register … I’m an English teacher so sounding pretentious comes easily. It’s the structure and the content that’s driving me mental right now.
I always just wanna blog about what I do in my class and what I’d like to do … how my students respond to certain activities/tasks and how I expected them to respond. I wanna right blog posts like that everyday.
But instead, I gotta right this damn Research Proposal with its lit review, methodology, analysis, budget … blah, blah.
OK … sorry to those who saw my title and thought they’d get some useful, quality post and not my drivel.
UPDATE 1: For those of you who have come looking for tips on Academic Writing, check out these sites provided by my lecturer Rachel Wilson: Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) ; Sydney University – The Write Site ; Sydney University, Faculty of Education & social Work – assistance with academic writing
UPDATE 2: For those of your interested in why I DO bear a grudge with academic writing in terms of style (which actually wasn’t the focus of the post, well not really), it’s worth checking out these three reflections on writing:
Englishmen in New York: Redefining Academic Publishing in Digital Spaces Sarah Thorneycroft
Consequences of erudite vernacular utilized irrespective of necessity: problem with using long words needlessly Daniel M Oppenheimer (via Tim Hunt)
Politics and the English Language: George Orwell
But in a year or two I’ll look like Mrs Barf, below. Hasn’t academia changed a lot in Australia since 1890? Um … no.