Symposium on Teaching & Research on Academic Writing, Reading & Thinking

  • Date of event: Fri, 29th Sep. 2017
  • Venue: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Organisers: Dr Chris Khoo & Dr Sujata Kathpalia, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
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Academic writing encompasses all the types of discursive writing that undergraduate and graduate students engage in to satisfy academic requirements at tertiary education institutions. It includes writing essays, literature surveys, research reports and theses. Academic writing also covers writing of research and scholarly papers for journal and conference publications by faculty and PhD students. Academic writing is difficult for students to learn and do well, and difficult for teachers to teach.

Thinking is inseparably intertwined with writing. Not only do different subtypes of academic writing require different kinds of thinking, the different sections of a research report require different kinds of thinking and writing as well. In addition, reading skills are important to good writing.

This symposium seeks to explore the relation between academic writing, reading and thinking from a multidisciplinary perspective, and how this understanding can inform the development of teaching methods and online resources to support teaching and learning.