Academic Skills for Interdisciplinary Studies

Ger Post, Vincent Visser, and Joris Buis

Academic Skills for Interdisciplinary Studies

Ger Post, Vincent Visser, and Joris Buis

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

28 line art | 6 2/3 x 9 1/4 | © 2016
Paper $18.99 ISBN: 9789462983595 Published November 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Academic skills are tools that enable students to gain, develop, and critically discuss new information during and after their undergraduate and graduate studies. This handbook offers practical instructions and tips that promote a wide range of skills, including effective study and research strategies, presentation abilities, approaches to critical thinking and reflection, and more. Taken together, the contributions build upon the knowledge and experience of dozens of instructors and thousands of students to support mastery of the modern university’s interdisciplinary curriculum.
Contents
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Part 1 Studying
1 Studying
Knowledge
Lectures and study groups
Self-study and planning
Concentration
Examinations
Staying motivated
2 Reading academic literature
Types of text
Strategies for reading
Summarizing
Part 2 Doing research
3 Exploring your research topic
Choosing a topic
Formulating a question
4 Interviewing
Preparing an interview
During the interview
5 Searching the literature
The academic literature
Relevance and quality of the literature
6 Organizing, analyzing and processing your sources
Organizing your sources
Analysing information
Processing sources using reference management software
7 Empirical research
Part 3 Sharing your research
8 Arguments
Types of argument
Structuring an argument
From structuring an argument to structuring a literature review
9 Writing
Steps in the writing process
Writing tactics
Structuring a literature review
Academic writing
Grammar and spelling
10 Citing sources
In-text citations
Citations in the bibliography
Plagiarism
Sources used
11 Presenting
Prepared a presentation
Introducing your presentation
During a presentation
After a presentation
Part 4 A critical attitude
12 Debate, discussion and critical dialogue
Debate
Weak spots in debates
Discussion
Pitfalls when framing an argument
13 Self-reflection
Reflecting on your role in a team
Giving and receiving feedback
Appendices
Appendix A Fraud and plagiarism
Appendix B Citation guidelines for bibliographies
Appendix C Sample literature review
 
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