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Writing for a Journal Publication

At a workshop on writing. One of the key points that Pat Thompson is making is that there is no such thing as writing up because we don’t know what we’re writing up until we start writing.

The title and abstract are important as most people are selecting to read the article base on this. These are key invitational things that allows the reader to select.

Through writing we’re presenting ourselves as scholars.

By becoming a scholar – sometimes you may have devalued your previous identity before starting as a scholar (particularly for late-life researchers) – but there should be a way of meshing both identities.

The point of a journal paper is a persuasive and argumentative piece not a report on what was done. The conference paper tends to be a report – and thus the journal paper is a different rhetorical task.

Two types of text:

  • Monologic: dead text – does not draw people in (like a laundry list)
  • Dialogic: brings people in to think and engage – this is what research writing is about  i.e. invite the reader in to making meaning and associations such as through references and other themes and other conversations.

Fariclough’s 3 dimensional model of discourse (process of production and interpretation):

  • Layer 1: Text
  • Layer 2: Discourse practice
  • Layer 3: Sociocultural practice

Dissertation: the text is the dissertation, the discourse practice is imparted to the students by the supervisors, and the sociocultural practice is drawn from the supervisors background.

Conference papers: Text is the paper, the discourse practice is the presentation, and the sociocultural practice is the audience.

Some rule of thumbs in deconstructing a journal website:

  • Try and cite the editors from the journal.
  • Read the aims of the journal and analyse what they want from the aims. Make sure you address each of the aims.
  • Check the editorial board and see if they’re from different countries and hence it has a large reach. In the larger reach you need to work from the specific to broader issues.
  • If you’ve never heard of the editorial board you might want to use another journal.
  • Read a couple of papers from the journal and determine what is the conversation of the journal – from this – determine the ideological position and the theories.
  • Have a look at the editor’s interviews (either transcripts or MP3s) that some of the journals have – as they give you what they want
  • Cite papers from the journal
  • Check for stylistic conventions (APA etc)
  • Get people in the know to know the turn around time – such as the refereeing time
  • You may decide on the journal to put in – depending on your career progression – that is – if you need a quick turn around then probably a less famous journal
  • Check the readership of the journal and make sure you address the issues/implications for everyone
  • Reviewers are looking for the “so what” and the “now what”
  • Strongest paper has one argument or one point to make not two or three – state the argument of the paper upfront
  • State the research in the field and how it stands and what you’re going to contribute to it

The genre of the journal article (most has to be like this but not always):

  • Introduction – locate, focus, argument, outline paper
  • Possibly theoretical orientation
  • Literatures
  • Methods – explain report
  • Discuss
  • Conclude

Five moves in a journal abstract:

  • Locate: specific paper in relation to larger project/debates/issues – naming the angle
  • Focus: identify the particular question/issues/kinds of problems that the paper will explore/ examine
  • Anchor: establish the basis for the argument
  • Report: summarise major findings pertinent to the argument
  • Argue: open the argument – the so what question
  • Use the abstract as the plan for writing the paper

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Trouche’s paper

Mood:  chillin’
Now Playing: O Holy Night (Josh Groban) – Christmas music in July!
Topic: Analytical Frameworks

Well, I went and looked for Trouche’s paper and found it – unfortunately it is in French! My high school french couldn’t really do justice to the paper, but got Google to help me translate some stuff. I don’t think there was anything too different what I got from Artigue’s paper, except got all 5 of the profiles and how he categorised these students.

He did mention that these profiles are for the extreme cases of the students, and it is not likely you can peg students with one profile.

However, he was using the TI-82 and TI-92 calculators (one for symbolic representation and the other for graphical presentation) and he seemed more to deal with how students interact with the software such as the zooming function and the commands and switching between windows etc. i.e. things that were specific to these calculators rather than looking how students use technology to learn, I was hoping for something more like the exploration of numbers etc., but he tended to look at the time they used the calculator for a task and also when they did collaborative work with a partner or use pen and paper. Can’t remember he mentioning much about the pen/paper (then again my french – il est terrible!) So, probably skipped it over somewhere.

Anyway, so don’t think I’ll be using those strategies.

I’ve tried to find the one by Goos et al, unfortunately we don’t subscribe to that journal (Mathematics Education Research Journal its published in Australia)- so means I’ve got to order it – but will only order it if I think it is necessary, the information provided by Galbraith seems sufficient.

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Concepts, Questionnaires and new Journal

Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: some Indian song
Topic: Methodology

Thought I would note this down before I forgot … it was something that James said. This is how does the LP course transforms itself because of the use of software … or are students challenges in the course because of the use of the software or the use of the computer or the actual LP concepts and principles.

Anyway, I’ve been looking up the International Journal of Technology in Mathematics Education, formerly the International Journal of Computer Algebra in Mathematics Education formerly the International Derive Journal. The library doesn’t subscribe to it, but was able to look up some abstracts, and it seems to be a journal that I might use in the future. I just emailed Helen and asked if she could subscribe to it. Hossein Zand published a paper in there recently … probably I could get some backing up from him, although I don’t know him (well personally – seen him around) – but read his work!!

John had suggested I set up an interview with him, and I think I should do that, at least to sound off my questionnaire. Jonathan had suggested I interview someone first and from that develop the questionnaire questions, which seems like a good suggestion.

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