ERIC Number: ED248764
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Text Writing at an Undergraduate College.
Myers, David G.
Strategies for writing a text are offered by a college professor on the basis of his own experience of writing a text on social psychology. Suggestions are given on creating an efficient office environment, researching the topic, and drafting the manuscript. One way to improve efficiency is to compress teaching into a few days, leaving the remaining days free. Some textbook publishers will pay the college to free the faculty member to write. Word processing is beneficial when producing many drafts, and the publisher can be provided with a copy-edited product on diskettes. Information for writing the text can be obtained by reading abstracts of articles, selecting relevant articles, and sending for convention papers. Three types of sources are valuable: authoritative literature reviews, content analyses of leading introductory texts, and the reports of expert consultants. Before beginning to write, reading a style manual is useful. Writing for the student is important, and retaining a writing coach to review the writing style and choice of words can help improve the writing. Finally, eliciting detailed comments of an editor and the criticisms of professional colleagues on every chapter is advisable. Some reference is made to writing psychology texts. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Faculty Publishing
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (Chicago, IL, May 3-5, 1984).