“Academic thinking to me is about…”
What does “academic thinking” mean to you? Think about what it is and what it is not.
Jot some ideas down/do a mind map to explore.
This is what my thinking journey looked like a couple of weeks ago:
I was on the M4 the other day, driving down to Bournemouth, and I started thinking about my next thesis chapter …
As this quote illustrates, “thinking” is not always planned – it can happen at any time. But there are times when we will consciously switch our thinking caps on and start engaging with the task ahead.
One of the fundamental steps to adopt would be to think academically. It would be a fallacy to suggest that a person can “write academically”, without considering thinking. So, it is essential to get into the right frame of mind and know the standards and norms that are expected.
‘good academic writing’ is totally dependent on good academic thinking: you cannot simply follow rules, lists and guidance on how to write – as you have to be in command of strong intellectual ideas and mastery of the domain you are writing about. Many students spend too much time trying to write well, when they would benefit more from developing their thinking.
Professor of Education, University of Exeter