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From Student to Scholar
A Guide to Writing Through the Dissertation Stage

ISBN 9781138569447
Published August 14, 2018 by Routledge
204 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

From Student to Scholar guides graduate students through the "hidden" developmental transition required in writing a dissertation and moving beyond, to become a successful scholar. Identifying common rhetorical challenges across disciplines, author Hjortshoj explains how to accommodate evolving audiences, motivations, standards, writing processes, and timelines. One full chapter is devoted to "writing blocks," and another offers advice to international students who are non-native speakers of English. The text also offers advice for managing relations with advisors and preparing for the diverse careers that PhDs, trained primarily as research specialists, actually enter. On the basis of more than thirty years of consultations with graduate students, this volume is an important addition to graduate thesis seminars and composition courses, as well as an invaluable reference for writing centers, workshops, and learning support centers.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. The Hidden Transition
  2. Convenient Myths

    The End of Schooling

  3. The Rhetoric of Student Writing
  4. Common Ground

    Evolving Forms and Expectations

    Simulation and Frames of Reference

    Performance and Process

    Motivations and Standards

  5. The Rhetoric of Graduate and Professional Writing
  6. Turning Points

    Forms, Frames, and Movement: Where do we begin and, from there, where do we go?

    The Scope and Scale of a Dissertation

    Conceptual Balance

    Interdisciplinary Reference Frames

  7. Relations with Advisors
  8. Getting the Work Done
  9. Disillusionment

    Productive Use of Time: The behavioral consensus

    What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    Draft Management

    The Social Dimensions of Scholarship

  10. Writing Blocks
  11. What is a Writing Block?

    Why do Blocks Occur?

    Analysis, Resistance, and Release

  12. A Note to International Students
  13. Looking Ahead

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Keith Hjortshoj is the emeritus Director of Writing in the Majors and Senior Lecturer in the Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines at Cornell University, USA.