Workshop on academic writing presented at NWU Vaal Triangle Campus

Anjonet Jordaan -- Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:06

Workshop on academic writing presented at NWU Vaal Triangle Campus

Academics and postgraduate students on the Vaal Triangle Campus recently attended a workshop presented to help supervisors, Master’s and PhD students, and postgraduate students with preparation of their final document for examination as well as faculty members who act as examiners.

In this workshop, Prof Charlie Russo, Panzer Chair in Education and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Dayton, Ohio (USA), shared his vast experience on vital aspects while guiding students to their final document; key features that influence examiners; the aspects students should note or guard against as they prepare the final document; and aspects that should serve as a guide when examining studies.

This workshop was arranged by the Optentia Research Focus Area on the Vaal Triangle Campus and was eagerly received by the workshop attendees who appreciated Prof Russo’s no nonsense approach to academic writing.

As Prof Elda de Waal, associate professor in Education Law attests: “It was fascinating to experience the interactivity that Charlie managed to create by asking the participants about their expectations and the frustrations that they experienced in the past or are experiencing this year with preparing the final version of documents. More confident researchers shared a few dilemmas during the workshop that caused them to doubt their own proficiency, such as how to know that a document is ready.”

Prof De Waal shared her appreciation for the knowledge and insight Prof Russo has provided to help develop her own skills as a researcher and she believes that young academics can gain much benefit from attending workshops such as this early on in their careers: “It would definitely allow opportune sharing of matters that we now know from experience could make the research road less troublesome: for example realizing the importance of leading your student/yourself to verify the exact use of references in a specific chapter by showing the reference list after each chapter; and indicating also the page numbers in the chapter where the source will be found.”

“Attendants should be able to benefit from the lessons that I have learned and the possible ways that I suggest to handle the instances smarter, whether on dissertations or publishing to help develop their skills,” says Prof Russo who teaches across the world in countries like Australia, Brazil, China, Macedonia, and Sarajevo. His publications have passed the 600 mark and include themes like children’s best interests, balancing educator/parent and learner/parent rights, safe public schools, and freedom of speech.