26 April 2018 – WITE organised its second seminar/workshop for women in tertiary education. The WITE workshop was on Academic writing. The event provided practical lessons on paraphrasing and summarising of academic literature, as well as how to write and present the output for assignments such as literature reviews, essays and critical reviews. The event was attended by 25 participants from different tertiary institutions in the country. The convener, Dr. Sheena Lovia Boateng, was aided by two other facilitators, Prof. Richard Boateng and Mr. Joseph Budu.
Tasks during the workshop were designed to help participants to improve their academic writing skills by reviewing information, as well as completing short writing tasks. Key insights from the workshop are as follows:
Academic writing is evidence-based. Being evidence-based, one has to learn how to review existing evidence (literature) in order to identify what is appropriate to support key arguments. Evidence-based writing usually provides a detailed analysis of the research topic from the perspective of existing literature, identifies gaps and, further, critiques and proposes perspectives or ways of addressing the research problem.
Academic writing is :
• Planned and focused: answers the question and demonstrates an understanding of the subject.
• Structured: is coherent, written in a logical order, and brings together related points and material.
• Evidenced: demonstrates knowledge of the subject area, supports opinions and arguments with evidence, and is referenced accurately.
• Formal in tone and style: uses appropriate language and tenses, and is clear, concise and balanced (Leeds Univ., 2018)
At the end of the workshop, the participants expressed the need for more such events and a future focus on quantitative and qualitative data analysis. According to Dr. Sheena Boateng, this feedback will be considered in the planning of future workshops of WITE.