Writing in the Life Sciences: A Critical Thinking Approach

Paperback | January 28, 2010

byLaurence Greene

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Practicing scientists know that the quality of their livelihood is strongly connected to the quality of their writing, and critical thinking is the most necessary and valuable tool for effectively generating and communicating scientific information. Writing in the Life Sciences is aninnovative, process-based text that gives beginning writers the tools to write about science skillfully by taking a critical thinking approach. Laurence Greene emphasizes "writing as thinking" as he takes beginning writers through the important stages of planning, drafting, and revising their work.Throughout, he uses focused and systematic critical reading and thinking activities to help scientific writers develop the skills to effectively communicate. Each chapter addresses a particular writing task rather than a specific type of document. The book makes clear which tasks are important forall writing projects (i.e., audience analysis, attending to instructions) and which are unique to a specific writing project (rhetorical goals for each type of document). Ideal for Scientific Writing courses and writing-intensive courses in various science departments (e.g., Biology, EnvironmentalStudies, etc.), this innovative, process-based text goes beyond explaining what scientific writing is and gives students the tools to do it skillfully.

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Practicing scientists know that the quality of their livelihood is strongly connected to the quality of their writing, and critical thinking is the most necessary and valuable tool for effectively generating and communicating scientific information. Writing in the Life Sciences is aninnovative, process-based text that gives beginning w...

Laurence Greene, PhD, taught scientific writing and integrative physiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1993 to 2009. With funding from the National Science Foundation and the CU-Boulder Faculty Teaching Excellence Program, Dr. Greene developed discipline-specific scientific writing courses for undergraduate and gradu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.52 × 9.21 × 1.18 inPublished:January 28, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195170466

ISBN - 13:9780195170467

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PrefaceAn Introduction to Writing in the Life Sciences1. Defining Your Writing Project2. Developing a Goal-based Plan3. Generating Content4. Organizing Content and Writing a Draft5. Revising Document Design, Global Structure, and Content6. Revising Paragraphs7. Revising Sentences8. Rhetorical Goals for Scientific PapersAppendix A. Guidelines for Preparing and Delivering Oral Presentations and Poster PresentationsAppendix B: Glossary of Sentence Grammar TermsReferencesIndex