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This resource has been developed specifically for Bachelor of Education Honours students to support their writing of the Honours thesis. It is also useful for students who are looking for resources that might develop their writing and information literacy skills.

Writing might come easily to some, and rather difficult to others. Whilst the difficulties might vary, many of them can be overcome. This resource might be useful for those who want some concrete suggestions on how to write clearly. For those who are seeking 'inspiration' or struggle with doubts about their ability, doubts about their readers/examiners, J.M.Coetzee's (Nobel Prize for Literature) Elizabeth Costello might provoke a rethink about  'waiting for inspiration'. Here's a snippet:

I am a writer, and what I write is what I hear. I am a secretary of the invisible, one of the many secretaries over the ages, That is my calling:dictiation secretary. It is not for me to interrogate, to judge what is given to me. I merely write down the words and then test them, test their soundness, to make sure I have heard right.

And for those who might be having regular conversations about the worth of their work, perhaps there's 'inspiration' in knowing that Thomas More too hesitated about publishing Utopia. He bemoamed:

Tastes differ so widely, and some people are so humourless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one's efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for the. Most readers know nothing about literature - many regard it with contempt.

...Besides some readers are so ungrateful that, even if they enjoy a book immensely, they don't feel any affection for the author.

Good literature like good thesis, is often a pleasurable read.  We hope this resource contributes to making thesis writing and reading more of a pleasure than a chore.


Overview of Writing Modules

This eight-module seminar series will guide you in writing your Honours thesis.  Each recording will cover a different topic, designed to give you the tools you need to produce an excellent Honours thesis.  Watch the recording, view the notes and tackle the associated tasks.


Topic Content
1. Introduction Principles of academic writing. Outlining and drafting your work.
2. Paragraphs & Abstracts Craft informative and persuasive academic paragraphs and strong summaries in the form of abstracts
3. The logic of written text Practical grammar and punctuation for academic purposes
4. Literature reviews Master the art of analysing and synthesising the scholary literature in your field
5. Introductions and conclusions Focus upon these crucial parts of your thesis, to set the context and finish on a strong note.
6. Concise and concrete writing    Learn some tipis of he writers' trade, to make your work efficient and effective.
7. Critical thinking Think about your thinking processes and ensure that your work is logical and well-rounded.
8. Effective self-editing Edit your own work for polish and depth. Learn some durable generic skills that will make your written work the best it can be.

Overview of Information Literacy Modules

The following two modules contribute to the development of your information research skills. Finding appropriate resources to inform your research is a key component in the conceptualisation and writing of research.

9. Advanced Research Skills Develop your information research skills to find appropriate information more efficiently

10. Referencing &      Endnote

Learn how to attribute intellectual property appropriately as well as create a personal inventory of literature that is integrated with Microsoft Word.

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