9780205616718

Writing in the Sciences Exploring Conventions of Scientific Discourse (Part of the Allyn & Bacon Series in Technical Communication)

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  • ISBN13:

    9780205616718

  • ISBN10:

    0205616712

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/23/2009
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Summary

This rhetorical, multi-disciplinary guide discusses the major genres of science writing including research reports, grant proposals, conference presentations, and a variety of forms of public communication.Writing in the Sciencescombines a descriptive approachhelping readers to recognize distinctive features of common genres in their fieldswith a rhetorical focushelping them to analyze how, why, and for whom texts are created by scientists. Multiple samples from real research cases illustrate a range of scientific disciplines and audiences for scientific research along with the corresponding differences in focus, arrangement, style, and other rhetorical dimensions. Comparisons among disciplines provide the opportunity for readers to identify common conventions in science and investigate variation across fields.

Table of Contents

Preface
List of stylistic features
Principles and Purposes For Scientific Discourse
Science as a Social Enterprise
The shaping of knowledge in science
The social nature of science
The centrality of communication in science
The role of persuasion in scientific communication
Scientific communication and convention
The role of collaboration in scientific communication
Exploring Technology in Scientific Communication
Science and Technology
Technology and Collaboration in Science
Technology and Publication in Science
Technology and the Public Audience for Science
Technologyrsquo;s Material Advantages
Technology and the Visual Dimension of Science
Technology and Paradigms
Technology and the Rhetorical Challenge of Communicating Science
Considering Ethics in Scientific Communication
Social Contexts of Scientific Communication Ethics
Ethical lsquo;Mechanismsrsquo; in Science
The Ethics of Authorship
Scientific Communication as Moral Responsibility
Ethical ldquo;Costsrdquo; of Communication Technology in Science
Scientific Communication and Public Communication: An Ethical Conflict?
Scientific Style and Social Responsibility: A Two-Way Channel
The Ethics of Style as Socialization
Exploring Forums And Conventions Of Scientific Communication
Reading and Writing Research Reports
Research Journals and Their Readers
Argumentation in Science
The Logic(s) of Scientific Inquiry
Introducing the Research Problem
Describing Methods
Reporting Results
Discussing Trends and Implications
The Research Report Abstract.

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