Stepping things up: Scaffolding the research and writing process

Australia/Sydney 10.00am | Thu 18 October 2018
USA/Los Angeles 4.00pm | Wed 17 October 2018
UK/London 12.00am | Thu 18 October 2018
(Convert the time zone here)

Amanda Oppliger – Unit Coordinator – SIBT
Karen McRae – Program Convenor – SIBT

Writing academic essays supported by reliable sources is a challenging task for university students. Students at a Foundation Program level are often used to writing opinion-based or narrative essays; research and integration of sources into formal writing is a novel concept. Similar to a scaffolded approach to teaching text structures and academic language usage, the way we introduce students to research may be more effective if it is also carefully scaffolded and embedded into a unit’s syllabus.

In this interactive session, using the case study of international students in a Foundation Program at SIBT, Amanda Oppliger and Karen McRae will give you an insight into curriculum design by explaining how they scaffold research and writing; how to read academic journals effectively and then adapt the knowledge acquired into an argument essay.

The approaches shared in this session can be applied by teachers across all disciplines. There will be opportunities for participants to think about ways they could apply Amanda and Karen’s scaffolding methods in their own units.

This session is open to all Navitas staff and particularly relevant to anyone giving students an assignment that involves research.